Costa Rica La Amistad Estate Organic

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The Captain's Coffee

From the southern highlands this organic coffee is balanced, crisp, flavorful, and aromatic with a delightful finish. This year's crop features notes of dark chocolate, caramel, orange and honey. Arrival Date: March 11th, 2016 Acidity...
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From the southern highlands this organic coffee is balanced, crisp, flavorful, and aromatic with a delightful finish. This year's crop features notes of dark chocolate, caramel, orange and honey.

Arrival Date: March 11th, 2016

Acidity & Brightness: Crisp, sweet, bright

Balance & Finish: Exceptionally balanced, crisp and quick finish

Body & Texture: Medium to light bodied, smooth texture

Flavor Traits:  Dark chocolate, caramel, orange and honey

Certifications: Organic

Grade:  Strictly High Grown (highest), very dense

Processing: European (wet), shade grown and hand picked

Roasting:  I've heard that the owner of the farm says that a light roast is the only way to drink his coffee.  I think he may be right, because you'll only be able to appreciate the subtle nuances and balance in the cup at a light to medium roast. Start on the lighter side of medium (City +), or just before the second crack and adjust upwards if you prefer, but we'd take it no darker than medium (Full City).  This coffee roasts very evenly!

Recommendation:  For people who enjoy a balanced, smooth cup.  Coffees such as this La Amistad were once passed off as high quality Kona coffee. The guy who did that went to jail, so don't get any ideas!  Just kick back and enjoy a well rounded very, very nice cup!

Pair With:  Fruit salads, creole dishes, Cuban sandwiches, waffles with strawberries.  Excellent "general" coffee--will go well with about anything.

Our Review: This large family owned Estate is located in the extreme south of Costa Rica, near the edge of Panama.  It is located on a mountainside at over 1,200 meters above sea level.  The farm is surrounded on three sides by one of the largest biodiverse rainforests in all of Central America.  The family has attempted to retain the integrity of this rich biological setting by leaving bands of primary forest between parcels of coffee.  These bands are connected to the rainforest and offer an alley way or corridor back to the rainforest for the wildlife.  The farm maintains a low but healthy shade covering within the parcels.  La Amistad (the "Friend") begins harvesting earlier than most other SHB (strictly hard bean) regions because of its location.  It starts harvesting in late October and runs through March.  All of the coffee is processed on site at the farm's beneficio.  Clear, fresh water that runs from the rainforest to the farm is used both for the mills washing process and to generate power to run the machinery.  The coffee is then sun dried on cement patios in as much as space and climatic conditions allow.  The cup is slightly acidic, well bodied with a wonderful aroma. 

How does it taste?  The first thing you notice is that La Amistad is a very clean and balanced cup.  No single characteristic overpowers any other, resulting in a most pleasing cup.  Very few of the world's coffees exhibit such well rounded attributes.  It is very pleasing in all taste categories.  To give you an idea, a guy once passed off La Amistad coffee for Kona coffee and succeeded for some time.  It's that balanced.  La Amistad makes an excellent breakfast coffee, and that exceptional balance means you'll enjoy it all day long.  While cupping, we noticed rich dark chocolate with a refreshing orange and a sweet honey and caramel finish. It is medium bodied with a medium-long finish that is clean and refreshing.

Returns Policy

If you are unsatisfied with your green coffee purchase, we will issue you a refund in the form of an in-store credit. Since coffee is a food item, we can't take it back once it leaves our control. We will work closely with you to insure you get the quality you expected at a price that is fair. This offer is good for 30 days from the date of shipment. We will faithfully adhere to this policy for every customer, unless that customer is repeatedly abusing it. We withold the right to deny refunds, in rare cases, where a customer is repeatedly ordering coffee and then asking for a refund.

Home Coffee Roasters

The Gene Cafe and Behmor 1600 Plus are covered by a 1 year warranty from the manufacturer. The Fresh Roast SR-300 and SR-500 come with a 1 year warranty on the base unit and a 6 month warranty on the chaff collector, top cap and basket. Since the roasters are UL certified, the manufacturers ask that we refer all warranty issues directly to them. Although we do not directly provide repair service, we'll help you through the process to get your roaster back up and running. Should you return an unused roaster to us, we will refund your purchase minus the original shipping cost. Once you've used your roaster, we really can't take it back.

Other Items

Any item not covered by a manufacturer's warranty is warranted by The Captain's Coffee to meet or exceed your expectations. If you are dissatisfied with your purchase for any reason, you may return the item to The Captain's Coffee for a replacement or refund in the form of an in-store credit. This offer is good for 30 days from the date of shipment. If applicable, the manufacturer's warranty will supersede this warranty for items sold by The Captain's Coffee.


We currently ship to any location in the US with the notable exception that Note that Hawaii Department of Agriculture regulations won't allow us to ship raw coffee to Hawaii.

If you select the "Captain's Special" shipping method, please note that the choice of carrier and delivery method is then entirely at our discretion. For local pick-ups, please allow 24 hours for us to prepare your order before dropping by to pick it up. Shipping weight is calculated in US Pounds.

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