There are a lot of things to love about Costa Rica. The landscape is gorgeous. The beaches are clean, and the weather is warm year round. What we love most, however, is the coffee. Costa Rica is regarded as one of the world's premiere coffee growing regions due to its volcanic soil and ideal drainage. As a result, this light roasted coffee is delightfully smooth with a sweet, fruity aroma. Its flavor profile is marked by subtle chocolate nuances paired beautifully with the delicate hint of citrus. The cup finishes with a dry, lemon-like citrus nuance. Without a doubt, this stuff is the definition of ‘pura vida.’
Costa Rican Tarrazu is at its best when prepared as a drip brew. The French press produces a somewhat brighter cup with more pronounced citrus nuances. The brightness, or acidity, may be a bit overwhelming when this coffee is prepared as a single-origin espresso.
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Like another reviewer, we too had coffee from Costa Rica, and never forgot it. This is true to that flavor.
We brew 1/2 gallon airpots of coffee through a Bunn commercial. The coffee exits the filter basket at 195 degrees. Through years of experience we've found that 4 to 4.3 ounces (weigh it) of coffee burr-ground to slightly finer than auto-drip (medium-fine) with 64 oz of water (plus 8 more for the retention in the coffee grounds) yields the perfect brew.
I should also mention, after ten+ years of tasting and testing, THIS is the coffee that produces that perfect brew. A lighter roast has more caffeine, of which I am a junkie, and produces a smoother flavor that is to me more suitable for all-day drinking. Don't get me wrong, I love a good espresso, and can drink city-roast all day as well, but this coffee at this roast level is pure coffee Nirvana. This is the perfect definition of the word "coffee."
I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. ~Cheers
“ My wife and I have been trying a different coffee from CBD each month for several years now. We both agree, this is one of the very best coffees we've ever drank.
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- “The first non-flavored coffee I tried from CBD was the City Roast Costa Rican and I loved it. I was lucky to have a friend bring me coffee from costa rica and since then I've never looked back. The Costa Rican Tarrazu tastes exactly like what I was brought back from Costa Rica. It's bold, smooth and has a sweet aftertaste. This what I refer to as "real" coffee. Everyone who's sampled this has fallen in love, claiming it was the best coffee they'd ever tasted. I like to brew with the Hario Woodneck or Chemex and it is perfect both in the morning and in the evening. I've tried other wonderful coffees from CBD but this is still my favorite go-to coffee. I make sure it is always stocked in my pantry, and when buying whole bean you can't go wrong. If you like the City Roast but are looking for something a little bolder then this is the coffee for you.”
- Very smooth
I tried it an Aeropress(inverted method) with an Able Brewing disk filter with a ratio of 18g of fresh ground coffee set at 3 on the Aeropress, filled with ~200°F water, stirrred for 30 sec., let rest for 1min., then pressed into a small cappuccino cup and topped up with hot water...excellent, excellent cup.
Tried it in a Clever coffee dripper with a ratio of 24g coffee to 350ml water. Added 200°F water, let sit for 1 min., stirred, then let rest for 2.5 min., then dispensed coffee...not as much depth as the Aeropress, but smoth nonetheless. I'm guessing this is due to the paper filter soaking up some of the oils.
Also have tried it both black and with 1/2&1/2 and raw sugar in both of the aforementioned methods. This is so delicate and smooth that I must say I prefer it in the Aeropress with no sugar and just a splash of 1/2&1/2. Delicious.
Delivery was extremely prompt and I live in the suburbs outside Chicago!
“This is a very smooth, mild coffee.