Costa Rica SHB EP “El Tigre”

Our single estate Costa Rica “El Tigre” is a Vournas Coffee Trading exclusive, and a long-standing company favorite aptly named after our mascot and logo. The El Tigre is graded SHB/EP and produced by two wonderful, multi-generation coffee familias. The farms are located northeast of Costa Rica’s capital city San Jose, high up in the volcanic mountains of Heredia and Barva. This area is also part of Costa Rica’s famed Central Valley coffee growing region.

Our El Tigre is comprised of mostly catuai, caturra and typica varietals. It is washed and wet milled on site at the family’s private mill in Barva, and either sun dried or mechanically dried depending on weather and precipitation. The dried beans are safely stored in the parchment until the exact time it’s ready to ship. Then and only then is the parchment removed and the coffee prepped and sorted for export. Keeping the parchment on the green up until its point of export helps to retain moisture content, preserve acidity and protect unique varietal and farming characteristics, all of which are reflected in our cupping and quality scores.

We are very proud to say that we have been working with this Costa Rican family estate for 25 years. In that time we have built a wonderful, long-term relationship that provides us with the opportunity to market their fantastic coffee to our roasters.

Cupping Notes: Crisp, clean, bright acidity, a good snap, flowery (almost lemony) citrus with a slight hint of nuttiness in the finish.
Producer: Single Estate Grower in the Central Valley
Region: Central Valley
Mill Location: Heredia
Variety: Catuai, Caturra, Typica
Processing: Washed
Altitude: 3,000 – 5,000 ft (900 - 1500m)
Coffee Grading: SHB
Harvest: October — February