About this coffee
It was the last day of our origin trip in Costa Rica, and all we really wanted was a beer. We'd seen mill after mill, and our brains were addled by riding shotgun in the car in Costa Rica, where the motto appears to be: Drive as fast and crazy as possible and keep your passengers in constant fear of peril!
Our last stop was El Pilón. It is a simple spot, perched on a hill in the sunlight. The only things you see are raised beds with purple and black pods resting in the sun. It was a sight for very sore eyes.
The farm is operated by the Mendez and Ureña families, who only produce natural coffees. And boy, do these families do it well, and with much love. The coffee is dried and cared for right outside the Ureña family home. The family takes turns checking on the coffee throughout the night -- turning it, covering it if mist has settled in, tucking it in, reading it bedtime stories.
El Pilón is upfront with all the plump, juicy flavors you would expect: black cherry and papaya and strawberry. The coffee finishes with a beautiful and clean flourish, mingling its milk chocolate body with a maple-like sweetness . It is just so juicy and clean.
Black Cherry, Maple, Milk Chocolate
Region: Tarrazu, Costa Rica
Farm/Mill: San Isidro / El Pilon
Varietal: Red Bourbon
Altitude: 1,700 - 1,800 Meters
Producer: Mendez and Ureña Families
Process: Natural, dried on raised beds
Directly / relationally sourced with the Mendez and Ureña Families.
This coffee is great in all methods, but we always suggest brewing natural coffees in the French Press--keeping the oils in the brew really makes it sing.
RATIO: 15:1 (Example: 400 grams water, 27 grams coffee produces 12 ounce cup)