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Costa Rica - Tres Nubes - "SHB EP" Washed

Costa Rica - Tres Nubes - "SHB EP" Washed

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Costa Rica Tres Nubes SHB EP is grown in the heights of the West and Central Valley chains, amongst the clouds. Beautiful landscape aside, the high altitudes are responsible for the development of quality coffee beans.

The cause is twofold. Higher altitude means cooler temperatures, which slows the maturation of the cherry and produces flavor enhancing compounds. Additionally, the clouds that envelop the landscape stabilize temperatures and ensure beneficial rains. Costa Rica Tres Nubes SHB EP is grown in lush volcanic soils by a number of independent smallholder producers.

These farmers are from several important coffee producing areas, including Naranjo, Grecia, Poas, San Ramón, Heredia, Palmichal, Acosta, San Gabriel and Santa Ana. The coffee is washed and mechanically dried at Beneficio Palmichal, in the case of Tres Nubes the beans have been sorted to SHB EP standards. SHB (Strictly Hard Bean) specifies that the coffee was grown at an altitude above 1350 meters (synonymous with SHG/Strictly High Grown) and indicates a higher cup quality than HB.

Additionally, EP stands for European Preparation, which indicates the coffee has been sorted to remove any defective beans and foreign material.

ORIGIN: Costa Rica
REGION: West and Central Valleys
PRODUCER: Various
ALTITUDE: 1200-1600 masl
VARIETAL: Caturra and Catuai
PROCESS: Washed

Cupping Notes: Aromas of caramel, dried fruits, citrus and spice. Flavours of caramel and black tea with a lovely blend of malic and citric acidity. Juicy oranges zest and red apples linger on the aftertaste. A clean and sweet cup with a medium body.