Our team of coffee hunters found the rare special lot in a coffee laboratory in Costa Rica, amongst several tables of blind coffee tasting.
The cup offers complex tasting notes from strawberry sirup, vanilla, orange zest to rhubarb, amongst others.
Each year, we travel to meet coffee producers and find their best lots. This year, we had the privilege to taste a coffee that was strikingly superior to anything we had tasted during our trip. The coffee came from the sub-region of San Lorenzo, Tarrazú. Right after our cupping session, we just knew we had to buy it and share this tasting experience with our customers, whatever the price tag.
The coffee is from a tiny lot on a parcel called “Pie San”, situated on La Lía micro-mill. We gave a total appreciation score of 89% (a first), based on the Specialty Coffee Association chart.
A myriad of factors, perfectly aligned, explain this year’s exceptional results: ideal meteorological conditions, the exotic varietal (SL-28), the meticulous harvesting, the process and the slow drying methods, amongst others, all contributed to achieve outstanding cup results. Only 4 vacuum sealed boxes (120 kilos) of this elixir were produced, which qualifies as a “nano-lot”. Cafés Saint-Henri purchased half of it.
As the quantities are limited, it is estimated that no more then 200 cups will be served throughout our 6 locations in Montreal and Quebec City. Small whole beans packages of 45 grams ($20) or 90 grams ($40) are available through pre-orders on our online store.
Why pay $9 for a cup of coffee?
In fact, we want you to experience an extraordinary experience. At the restaurant, you are sometimes used to spending more than $ 10 for a glass of wine. So why not pay $ 9 to taste one of the best coffees Costa Rica has to offer? Let us know what you think!
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