Costa Rica: Don Mayo, La Ladera

Don Mayo, La Ladera

  • Flavour profile Apricot, fudge, banana
  • Process Yellow Honey
  • Varietal Caturra, Catuai
  • Roast Medium


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  • Pablo Bonilla is the owner of La Ladera farm, which grows Caturra and Catuai coffee varieties. The farm has a unique topography, with Catuai thriving in higher elevations and Caturra preferring medium and lower areas. Although both varieties require similar agronomic care, managing the 20-hectare farm, which sits at an altitude of 1,850 meters on steep terrain, is still a lot of hard work.

    During the harvest season, the farm employs a team of 120-130 pickers, mostly from Panama. La Ladera has been hiring the same core group of pickers for the last two decades. The farm covers their transportation from Panama to Costa Rica and provides accommodation for the entire harvest season.

    An apricot sweetness runs throughout the cup with full hit of fudge on the finish and into the aftertaste. As it cools. a ripe banana edge comes in alongside and adds extra depth to the sweetness.

    • Country: Costa Rica
    • Region: Tarrazu
    • Farm: La Ladera
    • Micro Mill: Don Mayo
    • Producer: Pablo Bonilla
    • Variety: Caturra, Catuai
    • Process: Yellow Honey
    • Elevation: 1,850-1,900 m.a.s.l.
  • Tasting notes: Apricot, fudge, banana

    Cup of Excellence Cupping Scores

    • Clean Cup: (1-8): 6
    • Sweetness: (1-8): 6.5
    • Acidity: (1-8): 6
    • Mouthfeel: (1-8): 6
    • Flavour: (1-8): 6.5
    • Aftertaste: (1-8): 6
    • Balance: (1-8): 6.5
    • Overall: (1-8): 6.5
    • Correction: (+36): +36
    • Total (max 100): 86

    Roast Information
    Medium - into first crack and then slow it down. Take it right to the edge of second crack then drop

  • If you place an order before 07:30, it will be roasted and dispatched that day. If you order after 07:30, it will carry over to the following working day for roasting.

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