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Region: Alajuela, Costa Rica

Farm: Volcan Azul

Producer: Alejo Castro

Process: Natural

Variety: Gesha

Tasting Notes: Orange Blossom, Dried Cherries, and Peach.

 

Alejo Castro's story, rooted in the lush landscapes of Volcan Azul, Costa Rica, transcends mere coffee farming—it's a narrative woven with threads of resilience, heritage, and unwavering dedication. Across seven generations, his family's journey echoes through continents, from the rugged terrains of Mexico to the dense forests of Tanzania, before finding a home in the verdant hills of Costa Rica. Amidst the upheavals of history, from fleeing insurgents in Mexico to being displaced after World War II, the Castro family's commitment to coffee cultivation remained steadfast, a testament to their enduring spirit.

For Alejo, nurturing the plants that bear the family name isn't just about business; it's a sacred homage to the legacy of those who came before him—a legacy of excellence, perseverance, and the timeless artistry of coffee cultivation. Gesha coffee, renowned since its discovery in Ethiopia's Gori Gesha Forest in 1931, is celebrated for its wild, intense floral, and sweet notes. After being lost in Latin America, it reemerged in Panama in the mid-1990s, quickly gaining a reputation as one of the world's finest coffee varieties.

 

 

 

V60 Brew Recommendations:

Dose: 21g

Ratio: 1:16.2

Grind: Fine

Bloom: 1:2 for 30s

Total Brew: 340g at 3:15

TDS: 1.5

Extraction: 21.41%

We recommend a continuous pour to keep below 3:15. Longer brew times could easily over-extract

 

 

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