Our Dota Terrazu estate-grown coffee is the cream of the crop, the Arabica from our grower's home estate located in the premier Dota area.
Grown at the peak of the ridge, at 6000 feet or above, these beans are classified as SHB (Strictly Hard Bean), a term reserved for high-altitude, dense beans with dark color and super-rich flavor. Characterized by a pure coffee aroma and brown-sugar taste.
This single-source Estate-grown coffee has made a name for itself among cuppers and at expositions. We are proud to be the only USA importers making this coffee available within the USA for local shipping.
Recently the Tarrazu region of Costa Rica was decreed by the Court of Cost Rica to be limited to three counties in the state of Tarrazu -- Dota, Leon Cortez, and Tarrazu (County). For many years some green bean sellers have called their coffee "Tarrazu" even though it is produced outside the prime growing region and altitude. No more!
The Dota region is at one of the highest altitudes in which coffee is produced around the world. Our farm is located on three plots of land from 5,000 to 6,000+ feet altitude, in a region recently certified by the Coffee Board to be among the top few growing regions in the world. Dota is blessed with unusual soil, a combination of volcanic rock with clay and rainforest enrichment, and a perfect tropical rainy/dry season climate. Dota farmers produces a variety of subspecies of Arabica, which are combined to create an exceptionally well-rounded and rich cup.
The Dota Tarrazu is characterized by its clarity of taste and aroma and brown-sugar notes. In dark roasts it produces a fabulous caramel-butter taste profile. It is low in acid and high in body. The beans (SHB - Strictly Hard Bean top grade) are a little smaller and denser than lower-altitude beans, giving them a rich green color and sometimes requiring a little more time to roast, depending on your method. Because of the high altitude, Dota Estate Tarrazu has one of our lowest caffeine levels. No problem if you like caffeine... just drink more cups of this world-class coffee!
This coffee is also our top-selling bean for creating green bean beverages. Not only does it produce a tasty and bitter-free "broth", but the beans are processed immediately upon milling to remove the fruit. This quick process results in a minimum of fermentation or mold in storage, something that is not really an issue in green coffee, but a concern to some.
Our Dota Estate farm is the most ecologically enhanced farm in Costa Rica, surpassing all ecological requirements of the Costa Rica Coffee Board by innovating special methods of composting coffee fruit peels and other techniques. This year they hope to become the first certified zero-carbon footprint coffee farm in the country. Producer shares our Direct Trade revenue with his workers and supports local county health and welfare projects.
Smooth, Rich, Tasty
This makes a very good cup of coffee, but needs more than a light roast. I tried roasting these the same way that I did some Ethiopian beans, using a roast that was nearing the end of first crack, and although that works well with the Ethiopian beans it left these tasting a bit 'grainy'. On my next attempt I dropped the heat a bit before hitting first crack and went a minute after first crack ended. This produced a darker bean color with much less of the grainy taste of the light roast. I intend to take it to the beginning of second crack next time. I should probably mention that I roast with a FreshRoast SR700, so my results may not be indicative of what would be gotten with a drum roaster. I think these beans would develop more character with the longer roast times that go along with drum units. My hot air machine will only give me a short roast time, going all the way to second crack in under eight minutes on low heat and under four minutes on high heat. Even with that constraint these beans produced a nice, smooth cup of coffee that is on a par with Kona; my opinion. I'm pretty sure I will be moving to a drum unit before long and these beans will be tried again. It's almost time for another batch of Dota to be roasted. Darker this time. This might become the best coffee I've ever had with the right roast.
Posted by Bruce E. Munck on Dec 13th 2016
Geez, that's unblaie
Geez, that's unblaieveble. Kudos and such.
Posted by Judy on Dec 13th 2016
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Costa Rica's Dota Tarrazu Region
"Tarrazu", like Champagne, is a restricted term that can only apply to the highly-prized coffees grown in one small mountainous region. With your help and ours, our Tarrazu coffee farmer is expanding his farm to the great benefit of the local people, the environment, and the coffee species. Learn more and browse our Costa Rica Dota Tarrazu coffees here.