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Costa Rica Santa Maria Peaberry

Santa Maria is back and more special than ever. As one of two coffees from the Cooperativa de Caficultores de Dota (CoopeDota) we'll roast this year, it already has a special place in our hearts. This is our third year working with CoopeDota and roasting coffee from the village of Santa Maria, and when Shelby visited this year, the cooperative presented their first peaberry separation - just the rare, naturally-occurring coffee beans that grow one seed per cherry, rather than the typical two. It was by far the creamiest and sweetest of the washed (really, Eco-pulped) coffees from the group. 
Of our two CoopeDota coffees, El Cedral Natural is stunning and fruit-forward, while Santa Maria PB is more subtle, with mellow tones of concord grapes and milk chocolate. This washed coffee exudes balance while maintaining complexity, and showcases why great washed Central American coffees are among the most versatile and easy to drink. Santa Maria is the everyday drinker.

Costa Rica has been a global leader in the push for a more sustainable coffee trade, and within Costa Rica, CoopeDota has been a leader among producers. In 2011 the cooperative produced the world's first certified carbon-neutral coffee, and is known for its work to reduce both its carbon and water footprints. 

To that aim, while this coffee tastes like a washed coffee, it's actually eco-pulped. Most washed coffees use fermentation and a whole lot of water to remove the coffee seed's inner fruit (mucilage) before drying. CoopeDota forgoes the fermentation breakdown of that sugary fruit, and runs its coffee through a machine called an EcoPulper, which uses dramatically less water than traditional washing. 

We're super excited to showcase CoopeDota's coffees again in 2019 - not just because the cooperative is a leader in sustainable practices, but also because the coffee is damn tasty. Santa Maria has a lot going for it - fruity pop, milk-friendly nuttiness, creamy body and depth. Some folks will claim that there’s something extra special about peaberries. While we won’t claim that they’re always better than the regular beans, we’re always stoked to support growers who try new quality separations. And we can say that this peaberry lot is particularly alluring to the tastebuds.

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