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This Flecha Roja Limited Release is comprised of day lots from four farms in Calle Copey, an isolated stretch of mountain road in the heart of Tarrazu. It was brought to us by our old friends and partners at Coopedota. Rosewater | Pomegranate | Honeycomb
  • SKU 206010
  • Country Costa Rica
  • Region within Country Dota, Tarrazu, Costa Rica
  • Elevation 1800 - 1900 m.a.s.l.
  • Farm Vara Blanca, La Cachimba, La Estrella, La Bandera
  • Farmer / Producer Name Jesus Ureña, Bernal Rodriguez, Ana Cordero, Brenes Granados
  • Buyer J. Mlodzinski
  • Cultivar Catuai, Rojo & Amarillo
  • Harvest Time January - February 2018
  • In Season Yes
  • Direct Trade Yes
  • Single Origin Yes
  • USDA organic No
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Flecha Roja Costa Rica Limited Release

It will come as no surprise to longtime fans of our Flecha Roja Costa Rica offering that this Limited Release comes from our old friends and partners at the Coopdota cooperative. Cradled in the hills of Dota, in the heart of Tarrazu, this cooperative has been the primary source of Flecha Roja since its inception.

This particular microlot represents a single day’s harvest from four small farms in the Calle Copey neighborhood of Dota: La Estrella de Copey de Dota, a farm owned and operated by Bernal Rodríguez, Brenes Granados Isabel’s La Bandera de Copey, Jesus Ureña’s Vara Blanca, and La Fila, the farm of Ana Beatis.

Calle Copey is a small collection of farms that lie on the road connecting Dota to the nearby village of Copey. Lots from this area have found their way into our Flecha Roja offering so many times in recent years that our friends at the cooperative often joke that Calle Copey is Flecha Roja, the red arrow itself, flying straight and true into the bullseye that is the Coopedota mill. And on my last visit, I did see a red arrow of sorts — a line of trucks loaded with ripe red coffee cherry making their way to the mill in Santa María de Dota.

This coffee stood out on the cupping table this season as we were tasting our way through over 70 microlot samples from Coopedota. It is no wonder. Calley Copey and its residents check all the right boxes for coffee quality: elevation there ranges from 1800-1950 meters above sea level, annual rainfall is nearly 2000 millimeters, cherry matures in a textbook-perfect nine months, and growers in the area are meticulous in their cherry selection during the picking process and after, when they hand-sort their bounty to remove underripe and overripe fruit before dropping off their selected cherry at the mill. Then comes the fastidious milling at the cooperative’s microlot mill, two-and-a-half weeks of drying time on raised drying beds in a shaded and ventilated “greenhouse,” and finally color-sorting of the green coffee.

Our friends at the cooperative have nicknamed this lot La Máquina, the machine. It is a name that betrays great pride, evoking the well-oiled machine of proverb. And indeed, the processes that brought these four day lots from small farms through Coopedota’s operations were united in a kind of high-precision choreography to produce the very best the region has to offer. This year, La Máquina was cranked up to shoot the Flecha Roja straight to the top of Intelligentsia’s Northern Hemisphere menu. Get it while you can, because this particular Red Arrow will fly fast off our shelves.

Espresso

Espresso

All home and commercial espresso machines.

Turkish Grind

Turkish Grind

If you need a little bit coarser grind for your espresso machine or utilize this favorite preparation in eastern Europe.

Stovetop Espresso

Stovetop Espresso

Moka pots and stovetop espresso kettles need a very fine grind.

Cone Filter - Paper

Cone Filter - Paper

Most automatic and electric brewers utilize this grind setting.

Cone Filter - Gold

Cone Filter - Gold

Automatic brewers with reusable mesh filters, or a Kone manual brewing insert.

Universal

Universal

If you're buying for a friend, or are just not sure - this is a good grind for most drip brewers.

Technivorm

Technivorm

We found this excellent automatic brewer needed a bit coarser grind than other cone filter brewers.

Vacuum Brewer

Vacuum Brewer

For those with an electric or flame-heated vacuum brewer.

Flat Bottom - Paper

Flat Bottom - Paper

Any basket-style brewer, including automatic and Kalita wave manual brewing.

Flat Bottom - Gold

Flat Bottom - Gold

For automatic brewers with basket-style reusable filters.

French Press

Hario Dripper

Manual pourover cone brewing is a simple, no frills way of brewing.

Grind Type

French Press

A classic of immersion brewing. Select this grind for perfect classical preparation.

Chemex

Chemex

The iconic Chemex, this grind provides a perfectly paired offering for the special filters made for this brewer.

Percolator

Percolator

Our coarsest grind, this also provides a good pre-ground solution for cold brew at home.

Whole Bean

Whole Bean

For those with a grinder at home, we love freshly ground coffee! We prefer burr grinders for a more even brew.