|Notes||Walnut, Fudge, Lemon|
|Farm||Finca Gamboa, León Cortés, San José Province, Costa Rica|
|Mill||Montañas Del Diamante, Dota, San José Province, Costa Rica|
At 19 hectares, Finca Gamboa is the largest of a number of farms owned and operated by Martin Gutierrez. The farm has been in Martin's family for several generations, and he inherited it around 40 years ago. Several years ago Martin and his brothers established the Montañas del Diamante mill in the neighbouring canton of Dota, with the aim of milling and producing the best quality coffee possible. Both on the farms and at the mill, almost all of the labour is done by the immediate family, although during high season outside help may be employed.
This lot of caturra and catuaí has been processed using the semi-washed method. The coffee is harvested by hand, with only the ripest cherries being picked, and delivered on the same day to the Montañas del Diamante mill. Here, the coffee is received, sorted, weighed and then washed with clean water to eliminate any foreign matter. Immediately after washing, the cherries are pulped and then transferred to drying patios with around 70% of the mucilage intact. During the evening, the drying coffee is covered, and it is regularly turned so as to ensure even humidity control. The coffee usually takes around 7 or 8 days to reach optimal humidity.
This coffee is very clean and balanced in the cup with a walnut and fudge backbone and a soft lemon acidity.