Don Pepe Catuai - Costa Rica
Tree Fruit | Almond | Floral | Caramel
Whole bean roasted coffee. Choose bag size above.
- Origin: Central Valley, Costa Rica
- Farmers: Don Pepe and Dona Daisy
- Altitude: 1750-1800 meters above sea level
- Process: Red Honey
- Variety: Catuai
You might remember the Doña Daisy geisha from years past. We’ve been buying geisha from Don Pepe and Doña Daisy since 2016, but they’ve been selling their other varieties through more conventional markets.
This year, they finally asked us if we’d be interested in purchasing their catuai as well. As we examined the bags of freshly dried parchment that Pepe was storing in his spare bedroom, its smell was so powerful that we knew we had to try it. We brought a small sample with us back to the lab at Exclusive Coffees’ offices where it was hulled, sorted and roasted for us to try the next day. There were a lot of savoury and and raw flavours which was a little disappointing.
But after a more thorough sorting, when Josh came back to Costa Rica 6 weeks later, he tasted through all of the coffees again and at first couldn’t even tell that this was the same coffee he had tasted before.