Costa Rica Sonora Catigua – Golden Lantern

Andrew Pautler

Costa Rica Sonora Catigua – Golden Lantern

Coffee Details

  • Coffee Name
    Costa Rica Sonora Catigua
  • Roaster
    Golden Lantern Coffee Roasters
  • Roaster Location
    Orange County, California
  • Estimated Price
    $19 / 12oz
  • Flavor Notes
    Raspberry ganache, sweet, silky body
  • Process
    Natural
  • Varieties
    Catigua
  • Country
    Costa Rica
  • Region
    Alajuela, Central Valley
  • Elevation
    1300 MASL
  • Producer
    Hacienda Sonora, Farmer: Alberto and Diego Guardia
  • Roast
    Light
  • Review Brew Method
    Flower, Kōno, Orea
  • Roast Date
    August 4, 2021
  • Review Date
    August 21, 2021

Coffee Scoring

9.0
Aroma
8.5 / 10
Body
9.5 / 10
Flavor
9.5 / 10
Acidity/Brightness
9 / 10
Balance
9 / 10
Sweetness
9 / 10
Cleanliness
9 / 10
Aftertaste
8.5 / 10
Complexity
8.5 / 10
Flexibility
9 / 10
Pros
  • Rich, decadant profile
  • Silky mouthfeel

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

Golden Lantern is a roastery led by Matt Rosenblum in Orange County, California. They recently went through a rebranding and the new identity and packaging is beautiful, sophisticated, and helps elevate the entire coffee experience. This rich and decadent naturally processed Costa Rican stood out as a really special coffee that paired perfectly with the new and elevated branding.

The coffee began with a sweet, rich chocolate and vanilla fragrance with subtle berry notes supporting it. The flavor was luxurious with notes of rich berries and chocolate. The body was heavy with a silky mouthfeel and a steady, yet somewhat sharp acidity that played a nice supporting role throughout every sip. The sweetness was chocolate-toned with accompanying berry and fruit notes. I really enjoyed the play between chocolate and berries through every sip that added a nice richness and complexity to the cup.

The Bottom Line

Naturally- and honey-processed Costa Rican coffees have become a favorite for me recently. Their rich profile and complex flavor profile are always a pleasure to brew. This Costa Rican from Golden Lantern fits in this same vein and was a treat to enjoy.

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