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Costa Rica Cordillera de Fuego Termico Process – My Friend’s Coffee

Andrew Pautler

Costa Rica Cordillera de Fuego Termico Process – My Friends Coffee

Coffee Details

  • Coffee Name
    Costa Rica Cordillera de Fuego Termico Process
  • Roaster
    My Friends Coffee
  • Roaster Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Estimated Price
    $23 / 12oz
  • Flavor Notes
    Cinnamon stick, vanilla yogurt, grape jelly, fudge
  • Process
  • Varieties
    Caturra, Catuai
  • Country
    Costa Rica
  • Region
  • Elevation
    1600 - 1750 MASL
  • Producer
    Cordillera de Fuego
  • Roast
  • Review Brew Method
    Flower, Orea
  • Roast Date
    September 22, 2021
  • Review Date
    October 2, 2021

Coffee Scoring

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  • Complex flavor profile
  • Rich baking spice

Disclosure: Pull & Pour received coffee samples for this post, however, as always, all opinions are 100% my own.

There are so many unique and different coffee processing methods now that I am constantly coming across ones I’ve never heard of before. The Termico process used in this coffee is one I had never heard of before trying this coffee from the estate Cordillera de Fuego. Here’s an overview of the process from My Friend’s Coffee site: “First, coffee cherries are hand-picked for ripeness and sugar content. Next, the fruit gets semi-washed, and then…the Cordillera crew busts out a heating stage. This signature step caramelizes some of the mucilage onto the bean, and therein lies the magic: fruit-borne caramelization decking an already stellar coffee.” It’s a proprietary and incredibly unique processing method that led to a truly wonderful tasting and complex coffee.

The coffee begins with a fragrance of sweet cinnamon and baking spices. The flavor was rich & complex with notes of rich chocolate, cinnamon, baking spice, and subtle banana. As it cools, there is a hint of some tropical fruit notes as well. It had a fairly full body with a wonderful, rounded mouthfeel. The sweetness was quite decadent and was chocolate-toned with baking spice supports; the finish lingered with notes of sweet cinnamon.

The Bottom Line

This coffee had an incredibly complex flavor profile with so much depth and evolution. It truly was a coffee that the overall drinking experience was more than the sum of its parts.

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