Altos - Blueberries, Hazelnut and Chocolate
Producer: Mauricio Vindas
Origin: Tarrazu, Costa Rica
Harvested: March 2021
Roaster: La Cabra
Roast Date: 15.12.2021
An iconic coffee by Mauricio Vindas and La Cabra is back.
This coffee means a lot to us, it has started a beautiful friendship with Esben and his wonderful team at La Cabra when we first met at our Pop-Up in St.Pauli, Hamburg. It has become a coffee that expresses more than just a change in the world of coffee. A coffee that La Cabra sources for over 8 years by now and has taught us very well which challenges it brings along to work with a natural product that is influenced by so many parameters. It has also become a wonderful example of direct trading and how you as the final consumer play such an important and powerful role to make direct trade a sustainable and healthy way of sourcing coffee.
It is a coffee that we are very proud to share with you and are thankful to be part of this project by La Cabra and Mauricio Vindas in Costa Rica.
Here is what La Cabra writes about it:
Altos del Abejonal sits at 1800 metres above sea level in the Tarrazu region, only 70 kilometres south of the Costa Rican capital San Jose. The Talamanca Sierra runs through the region, with peaks of above 3000 masl. The farm is also close to the regional capital of San Marcos, which sits at 1350 masl and is home to 9000 people, providing the hub to an area famous for its high quality coffee production. The volcanic soil and afternoon cloud cover in the region provides the perfect conditions for Mauricio to produce excellent coffees at Altos. Where Mauricio’s work really stands out is in fermentation. This is his naturally processed Catuai, the coffee that first led to our relationship with Altos. The coffee is dried on raised beds in cherry over 21 days, to a specific and controlled moisture content, being turned often to avoid over fermentation. This adds a controlled level of ferment character to the cup, just enough to reveal a heavy and intense character of ripe blueberries, along with a high syrupy sweetness. A testament to the importance of careful fermentation, Mauricio’s coffee is one of the cleanest and most transparent naturals we have ever tasted, and we excitedly await its arrival at the roastery each year.
We first met Mauricio by chance. In March 2014 we were in Tarrazu, travelling around farms as guests of Exclusive Coffees, an exporter based in the region. After the last farm visit, our driver had to make a quick errand to see a friend, whose child had broken his hip and couldn’t leave home. The driver dropped off a gift for the boy, while we made some conversation with his father. He was also a coffee farmer, he told us stories of his passion for coffee production and of how his son wanted to become a barista. The next day we asked the staff at Exclusive about Mauricio, and were able to cup his coffees. Some of the cleanest naturals we had ever tasted shone on the table, along with clean and crisp honey-processed coffees. We visited Altos again the next day, and bought our first couple of bags. The coffee was so well received back in Denmark that we returned to Costa Rica the next year to visit Mauricio and buy more coffee. This is now our seventh year buying coffees from Mauricio. Having built a relationship over several years, we have discovered a shared interest in pushing the boundaries of how his coffee can taste. This coffee is very special to the team here at La Cabra, we always await its arrival with baited breath, eager to taste the fruits of this year’s harvest. The hard work and dedication shown by Mauricio at every stage of coffee production is obvious in the cup, and we are proud to showcase his work to so many of those who truly appreciate it.