Flecha Roja Costa Rica Limited Release
- June 2018
- Written by : J. Mlodzinski
Green Coffee Logistics Manager / Green Coffee Buyer
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.