The Drink: Cafetin Roasting Company Costa Rica
Type: Whole Bean Medium Roast (Single Estate)
Overall Rating: 3.25 Out 5 Coffee Mugs
Being known as a coffee person certainly has its benefits. My friends pass along information to me on a shop or roasters they come across with what they feel is good coffee. The greatest perk is always being handed a bag of coffee they think I might like to try.
My parents, for example, are conditioned to keep a lookout for anything related to my interests. When they came across a coffee roaster at a farmer’s market in Chestertown, Maryland, there was no doubt that they were going to walk up, start a conversation with the owner of the stand and purchase some coffee for me to try.
Background notes from the roaster
Our Cafetín de San Martín coffee is grown on our farm in the highlands of the Tarrazu region of Costa Rica. In 2009, it won 5th place Cup of Excellence and 4th place SCAA Roasters Choice Award.
Variety: Caturra, Villa Sarchi and Villa Lobos
Altitude: 1700-1800 meters
Tasting Notes: very sweet, dark fruits, elegant with lingering after taste.
The beans of Cafetin’s Costa Rica had a sweet smell that was like berries and plum. I also noticed a smoky, ashy smell mingling with the sweet aromas.
After grinding for my french press, I could smell maple syrup in the fresh grounds.
As I was waiting for my cup to cool, I noticed a pepper-like, spicy aroma tickling my nose.
This Costa Rica was a light-bodied coffee, leaving a thin feel on the tongue. It had a wine like flavor and a smoky taste along with a bright finish.
Initially, the balance of the flavors didn’t come together. I sensed an acidic, wine-like taste along with a little competition between the sweet and smoky tastes.
By the next day the flavors mellowed out giving way to a honey-like sweetness. It turned out to be a velvety-smooth cup that wrapped around my tonsils like a scarf.
A lot of Cafetin’s coffee comes from their coffee farm in Costa Rica. Cafetin Roasting Company’s website states they are “one of the few specialty roasters in the US owned and operated by an actual coffee grower.” Originally, the company consisted only of the farm. The farm is still going strong, but Cafetin Roasting Company is now gearing up to be doing a lot of roasting, so keep an eye out for more from them in the coming months.
The Cafetin Roasting Company Costa Rica earned 3.25 out of 5 on the Daily Shot of Coffee scale.
Cafetin Coffee is currently only available by request or at the Chestertown Maryland farmers market.