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Mystery Cup: Sample E...
Costa Rican Tres Rios La Magnolia -- Washed: Tres Rios is a growing
region in the center of Costa Rica, sandwiched between the capital of San Jose
and the city of Cartago. This region is under extreme pressure from the expansion of these cities, and speculation is that Tres Rios will disappear as
a coffee origin within the next decade. [A damn shame.]
"The 'Cabernet' of Costa Rica Cafes is cultivated on shaded, well manicured plantations on the eastern outskirts of San Jose. The 'Beneficios' are among the
oldest in Central America with a long tradition of producing high quality Cafe
in small lots. Tres Rios Cafe has a smooth, well-balanced flavor with an intense
complex aroma. Connoisseurs enjoy these cafes unblended and often order them by
plantation brand." 
 "The Authentic Taste of Cafe," Instituto del Cafe de Costa Rica (ICAFE) brochure.
If Bill McAlpin's La Minita is the archetype of
Tarrazu coffees, this Tres Rios La Magnolia is its country cousin. I think
Aaron Holland's remarks are particularly apt: rustic. This cup
provides a beefy broth of chocolate and spice -- with a lingering, earthy
finish. I'm drinking some now, and I'd likely mark my own score for body
upwards a notch or three....
"Sweet cocoa with hint of tobacco aroma."
"...taste is mild chocolate and spice that's drowned out by smell."
"An all-day slurper."