Welcome to the first of my Mr Higgins Recommends for 2024. January can be a challenging month; the festivities of Christmas and New Year are behind us, and we still have the Winter months of January and February to contend with. March then comes over the horizon with its promise of Spring.
So to begin the year, I think we should commence with a coffee that is renowned for its superb quality and bright tasty flavour: Costa Rica San Jose. Costa Rican coffee is considered to be some of the best in the world, only the finest beans are exported from the country that in the coffee world, is often spoken of as “the little Switzerland of Central America”.
Our Costa Rica San Jose is grown by farmers in the Coopedota Cooperative Hermosa in the Dota region of Tarrazu. This farm was visited by my son David Higgins (who wrote about his experience in this blog), where not only are the best coffees produced and farmers helped financially, the aim is to create a thriving local economy where young people are encouraged to stay for a future in the area and not move away to the city.
Costa Rica San Jose has a bright lively flavour. Look for the gentle acidity that I think blends to almost a sweetness on the palate and the delicate fruity notes. A coffee that prepares well in most coffee makers, but especially by pour over filters. Enjoy it black, or with milk or cream at any time of the day.
I hope you have a good January and enjoy Costa Rica San Jose.