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Spotlight on...Costa Rica Monte Crisol

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Spotlight on...Costa Rica Monte Crisol

Carrie Masek

This week, we're shining the spotlight on the new crop of an old favorite from Costa Rica, Costa Rica Monte Crisol.

Costa Rica Monte Crisol is produced by Cooperativa de Caficultores y de Servicios Múltiples de Palmares (COOPEPALMARES, R. L.), a co-operative of over 1,450 farmers from Palmares, a canton in the province of Alajuela, Costa Rica. Cantons have a municipal-style government that, among many other things, is responsible for urban and agricultural planning.

COOPEPALMARES was founded in 1962, and over the years has contributed a state of the art processing facility, with a wet mill that uses recycled water, an organic fertilizer production plant and a water treatment plant to Palmares. It also operates two supermarkets, and a low cost health center and mobile clinic for the families of the co-op members.

Unlike workers on large coffee plantations, the small farmers who make up the co-op benefit directly from growing quality coffee. As a result, Costa Rica Monte Crisol just keeps getting better.

This year's crop is a great example. Roasted to a light, City, roast level, floral citrus notes combine with bright blueberry and rich cocoa for a lively, smooth and satisfying cup of coffee. One of our cuppers compared the flavor to his favorite artisan chocolate from Venezuela. Medium roast levels, Full City or Vienna, produce an even richer, more balanced coffee. Go darker to turn the lively notes sweet, for a sweeter, bolder cup.

If you've enjoyed Costa Rica Monte Crisol in the past, we think you’ll like this year's even better. Please give it a try and let us know. You can share your thoughts on the Facebook thread or in a comment on this blog. Or, if you'd like to share your opinion with the wider world, leave us a coffee review on Google or on your favorite review site. Not only do we value your opinions, but reviews help more people find us. Help us connect coffee lovers to fresh, quality coffee!


~ Carrie, Paul and all of us at Coffee by the Roast