SINGLE ORIGIN: COSTA RICA, FINCA LOS MANANTIALES
We visited Costa Rican coffee farms a couple of years ago - and, from day one we were celebrating the country's beautiful coffee culture and the sustainable approach that the growers took in protection of the environment. Finally we bring you coffee from the region where we explored!
Oscar Mendez and his wife, Olga, have been producing coffee for many years. In fact, Genesis was one of the first micromills—not just in the West Valley, but in Costa Rica. Don Oscar and Doña Olga are leaders in their community. "Everybody knows them," says Café Imports' green-coffee buyer Luis Arocha. "They share a lot of experience and knowledge with other producers. They want to empower all the neighbors. They are truly fantastic people."
Oscar and Olga buy cherries from farmers in the area, and mill and process the coffees at Genesis, while keeping the lots separate and identified. Producers can either simply pay for the milling services, or they can sell their cherries to the Mendezes, but the farm name is always attached to the coffee to give it it's specific recognition.
Oscar uses patio space for drying washed coffees, and raised beds for honey and natural processes.
We taste: Sweet and tart citric acidity with a creamy heavy mouthfeel, toffee, berry and lime.
Variety: Villa Sarchi
Process: Yellow Honey
Altitude: 1450 M.
Whole bean/ Net 12 oz/ 340 grams