Made up of a few different varieties, this lot has a few noteworthy green characteristics. First, it is made up of primarily dwarf coffee varieties: Caturra and Catuaí are both Bourbon mutations and crosses, while Obatá is a Sarchimor variety recently released in Costa Rica by the country’s coffee research institute, ICAFE. Sarchimor combines the genetics of Villa Sarchi, a dwarf Bourbon mutation unique to Costa Rica, and Híbrido de Timor, whose Robusta backbone provides high productivity and disease resistance, especially to the Rust fungus running rampant through Central and South American coffee farms in the past few years.
I was really surprised, given the genetic makeup, the relatively low elevation, and dry processing, that this coffee is of very high density. While the coffee isn’t terribly high in moisture, it does have an elevated water activity reading. The coffee was graded Strictly Hard Bean, European Prep prior to export, meaning it meets the qualifications for the highest standards in Central America with approximately 90% screen size 16 and up.