Costa Rica - Las Palomas (Honey) - Espresso

Soft and easy to drink, the delicate notes in Las Palomas will win you over at the first sip. The buttery texture reminds us of pastries, especially when served with milk. One of roasters even says that it reminds her of a croissant with jam.

Our flavour notes for this coffee are Toffee, Red Apple, and Cashew, with a descriptor of Buttery.
  • Farm: Tarbaca, San José
  • Varietal: Bourbon, Caturra, Catuai, San Ramon & Typica
  • Process: Honey
  • Elevation: 1400-1700 masl
  • Weight: 250g / 1KG
  • Roast: Espresso
We roast on Tue & Wed. Your coffee will be roasted within 5 days of purchase, with a shelf life of 6 weeks (optimum serving point of 10-36 days).

Background info:
Tarbaca is one of the five original districts of the Canton Aserrí and has the highest altitude therein. Characterized as an extremely green area due to the large number of trees and the small population. It also contains the Cerro El Cedral in which there is a large number of water springs as well as being crossed by several rivers of the canton. This is where we find Familia Monge Garcia’s Las Palomas farm. Don Jorge Monge Garbanzo inherited Las Palomas from his parents and took over management of the farm in 1993. He now runs it with his wife, Flor Mayela Garcia Valverde, and their children. Jorge Monge Garbanzo himself is one of eleven children, all of whom continue to be connected to coffee in some way.

Las Palomas spans six hectares and produces around 11,500kg of coffee annually. The farm is named Las Palomas because of the various birds that can be found in the region. Don Jorge employs two full-time farm workers, and a group of 25 collectors visit the farm during the harvest season, moving between Las Palomas and the neighbouring farms. Coffee is delivered to the nearby Association of Agricultural Producers of the Communities of Acosta and Aserrí (ASOPROAAA), who process coffee and citrus in the areas of Acosta, Jorco and Palmichal, as well as offering financial, commercial and technical support to its members. They have been influential in the revival of agricultural production in the region, and are unique in their offering as a processor of traceable, quality differentiated micro-lots.

Cherry for this lot was delivered to ASOPROAAA by Don Jorge on the 18th of February and processed the same day. It was sorted before being pulped to remove the skin of the fruit and a portion of the mucilage. For the ASOPROAAA honey process, approximately 70% of the mucilage is left on the bean. It was then transferred to raised drying beds where it was left for six days until fully dry. The coffee is left unmoved for a period of time to impart some fruit flavours in the cup and then moved intermittently during the drying process to promote even drying and superior quality.