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Costa Rica El Cedral Natural

Huckleberry Roasters

This winter our head of education, David, visited Costa Rica as a supervisor for the Roasters Guild and Barista Guild of America origin trip.  He visited dozens of mills and farms, and tasted even more coffees, but El Cedral was the #1 standout coffee for him. So, we agreed to purchase some before David even got back to the USA.

El Cedral is also Huckleberry's first natural-processed single origin coffee we've roasted outside of Africa. We were waiting for a natural that met the same standards we've come to expect from Ethiopia and Burundi, and this one is a banger. We taste strawberry lemonade, pineapple and tropical fruit, and rich almond pastry (David says bearclaw, but we thought that was a bit specific for the bag, and we figure some folks might not know we meant pastry, not animal). El Cedral's got the clean fruit we've come to expect from the best African naturals, plus some of the richer backbone we love in washed Central American coffees.

This is one of two coffees we'll roast this year from CoopeDota, a cooperative of growers based in the Dota cantón of Costa Rica's Central Valley.  This cooperative is a leader in Costa Rica's push for sustainable coffee, and was the first carbon neutral coffee producer on the planet. While our other CoopeDota coffee, Santa Maria, was grown on multiple smallholder farms, El Cedral is a single farm, collectively owned by all of CoopeDota, that operates as an experimental model farm to help individual farmers learn better growing and processing practices.

This natural fruitbomb is a gem, and unique for us at Huckleberry. It won't be around long, and if you've loved other naturals like Ardi, Wenago, and Gitwe Natural, we'd suggest brewing up a bit of this before it's gone. 

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