Location, location, location! Especially true for coffee beans: the skyscraping 6,000-feet heights at which these beans were grown, within Terrazu's coffee-mecca mountainsides, are some of the best places in the world to cultivate specialty coffee. Considered high even for "high grown", coffee from over 5,000 feet benefits from a host of advantages: a cooler climate and natural water drainage result in beans that ripen slowly, languorously, while their sugars develop for much longer than those of typical beans. Similar to aged wine or cheese, these beans age on the vine, and harden, becoming heavy and dense-- some countries refer to these as "strictly hard bean", or SHB. Harder beans thrive during roasting, emerging from the roaster with all of their subtle flavors intact.
A black honey process is the icing on the cake for this particular lot: the longer, slower drying process allows the bean more time to ferment and for those high-grown flavors to further intensify. This ambitious undertaking by Luis Solis won him a prestigious Cup of Excellence Award-- meaning this coffee stood out among over 9,000 individual cups in competition. But we suspect that the real reward is the honor of knowing that your coffee is among the very finest in the country, and the world.
That said, you wouldn't trust beans like these in the hands of just anyone, which is why we were so excited to work with the talent at Zoka to bring you this truly rare, special lot from the very heights of specialty coffee... literally! Zoka's roasters give this coffee lightly toasted flavors of sweet florals, soft fruits, and a compelling delicacy. Smell this coffee, taste it warm, taste it as it cools: flavors open and close, shift, change. When you drink coffee like this, don't be surprised if you feel a little "high" on life... after all, you don't get to join the Mile High Coffee Club every day...
Warren M Hosack
||★★★★★||★★★★★ I ordered this because of all the hype and because of the price. Im glad I used my credits and didnt pay full price. This coffee is terrible. Way overhyped. If you like drinking flowers....then this is for you....disapponted...|