Coffee Reviews

Costa Rica, Naranjo – Natural – Amity Brothers Coffee

Andrew Pautler

Coffee Details

  • Coffee Name
    Costa Rica, Naranjo - Natural
  • Roaster
    Amity Brothers Coffee
  • Roaster Location
    Sarasota, Florida
  • Estimated Price
    $20 / 12oz
  • Flavor Notes
    Blackberry cola, plum
  • Process
    Natural
  • Varieties
    Caturra + Timor Hybrid
  • Country
    Costa Rica
  • Region
    Los Robles de Naranjo, West Valley
  • Elevation
    1450–1500 MASL
  • Producer
    Edgar (Felope and Erasmo Aguilera)
  • Roast
    Light
  • Review Brew Method
    v60, Chemex
  • Roast Date
    March 21, 2020
  • Review Date
    April 11, 2020

Coffee Scoring

9.1
Aroma
9 / 10
Body
8.5 / 10
Flavor
9.5 / 10
Acidity/Brightness
9 / 10
Balance
9.5 / 10
Sweetness
9 / 10
Cleanliness
9.5 / 10
Aftertaste
9 / 10
Complexity
9 / 10
Flexibility
9 / 10
Pros
  • Deep, rich, complex flavor but still very approachable
  • Balanced acidity that builds into the finish

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

Naturally processed coffees have so much potential and align with my personal coffee preferences, so I am always excited to try naturally processed coffees from different origins. I’ve tried a few honey-processed coffees from Costa Rica, but this was one of the (if not the) first naturally processed coffee I’ve had the opportunity to try from Costa Rica.

The coffee began with a sweetly rich fragrance of blackberry and other deep berry notes. As I began to brew the coffee, there was a great fleeting aroma of sweet lemon citrus at the bloom, which was a special treat. In the flavor I tasted notes of dark fruit, berry and blackberry—all of which were deep, rich and sweet just like the fragrance. The flavor continued to sweeten as the coffee cooled and it had a balanced acidity that grew throughout each sip and ended in the lingering finish. The coffee was incredibly well balanced and approachable and had a decadent berry sweetness.

The Bottom Line

As my first exposure to a naturally processed Costa Rican coffee, I was incredibly impressed with this coffee. It was sweet, rich and deeply complex while still very approachable. One of the flavor notes is “blackberry cola,” which I found amusing at first. After trying the coffee a variety of times, I think that is a perfect description of the flavor. I think this coffee would appeal to a wide range of coffee lovers and is definitely one worth checking out.

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