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In the late 1990s, coffee farmer Esteban Sanchez got tired of selling the coffee from his family’s third generation coffee farm to larger local mills, where it was bulked and exported anonymously. Esteban recognized that if he milled the coffee himself, he could better control the quality of his product, and earn more money as part of the bargain. In 2000, he opened his own mill, La Candelilla, one of the first micro-mills in Costa Rica.
Since then, Esteban has established La Candelilla as one of the premiere producers of coffee in Costa Rica. Today he is more committed than ever to delivering the best coffee possible. Esteban is constantly experimenting with new varieties to grow on the farm, along with rigorous wet mill processing controls. This lot represents Esteban’s interpretation of a classic “Tarrazu”, a profile named for the most famous growing region in Costa Rica. The combination of a producer dedicated to the utmost quality and the hallmark flavors of Tarrazu has had a beautiful result. The coffee is delicate and soft, with bright, clean, citric acidity. Floral and sweet, with bottom notes of orange.
NOTES FROM OUR CUPPING LAB:
Every Tuesday we gather the team at the Irving Farm Loft in Manhattan to cup our new arrivals. Candelilla elicited the following descriptors—
Chocolate Toffee Crunch, Wowzers, Candypants
Add your own impressions below...
this was everything it was promised to be.
Available for limited times in small quantities, our carefully curated micro-lots are single origin coffees at their purest. Not only are the beans sourced from one farm, they're sourced from one micro-lot of land on that farm, ensuring a highly consistent flavor and experience. This is a wonderful way to sample the true, amazing potential of coffee. We've selected these lots despite their small quantity because we see something in them that's truly special--and we think you will, too.
True to their name, single origin coffees consist of beans sourced from a farm or community in one, specific region. Seasonal selections from around the world, our line of single origin coffees focuses on the highest quality product from coffee producers who take their work as seriously as we do.
Handcrafted from exceptional single origin coffees, our signature blends are carefully developed in our Hudson Valley roastery to please drinkers day after day, year round.
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