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Costa Rica La Perla del Cafe Micromill – Finca Chispita – Golden Honey – SL-28 – ACES – Archived

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Costa Rica
Cirri Sur, Naranjo
Chispita
SL-28
1500masl
Honey
Lots of fruit and sugar flavors with cherry cola, caramel, burnt sugar, dark chocolate, tart cherry, raisin, pulpy ripe fruit and tropical fruit; sweet, clean and juicy with big fruit acidity and a heavy creamy mouthfeel.
90
Medium/Dark (Full City Roast)

Taste: We feel honored to offer this incredible bean to our customers. Boasting a cupping score of 90, this bean produces a myriad of sugary sweet fruit flavors, balanced acidity, and a creamy smooth finish.

Roast: Take care to prolong the development stage from first crack to your desired roast by lowering the heat a bit and/or increasing air flow.  You will be rewarded with natural sweetness at all roast levels through medium/dark (Full City).  We do not recommend a dark roast – you don’t want to cook out and mask all of this premium bean’s flavors.

About: More than just bags of amazing coffee – “ACES” lots are small, exclusive, incredible offerings that empower coffee growers, showcase triumphant experiments and meticulous production, and revolutionize the coffee experience.

Carlos Barrantes’s family has owned and operated the Herbazu micromill since the early 2000s, and in the early 2010s, Don Carlos decided to go off and work independently, with a laser focus on the kinds of coffees he wants to produce. He and his wife, Diana, own five small farms and La Perla Del Cafe Micromill—”micro” being the key word here. Not only do the Barrantes only produce about 300 bags a year, their dedication to quality and incredibly high mean they focus on quality over quantity in all ways. They even work with the exact same group of pickers every year, a group of 45 indigenous people from Panama who travel to the farms for work every season, and with whom the Barrantes keep in touch, like family, the rest of the year.

These close relationships and exact practices allow them to work meticulously: Pickers focus on the cherry that’s the color ofsangre de toro,or “bull’s blood,” and Don Carlos and Doña Diana trust the pickers so much they don’t even have float tanks at the mill. Workers and visitors alike are made to cover or remove their shoes before stepping into the drying area to avoid trailing dust and dirt, and the receiving and depulping stations at the mill are sparkling clean, as though they were brand new.

The Barrantes’ obsession with details translates in the cup year after year. Why do they pay such close attention? “We are not just selling a product,” says Diana. “We are selling a beverage that someone is drinking.” The couple appreciates the experience that a very fine coffee can offer a consumer, and they want to ensure that every coffee that leaves the mill is memorable and remarkable in its flavor.

The mill produces mostly Honey coffees, and Carlos likes to experiment with different varieties: He currently grows Gesha, Villa Lobos, Typica, Villa Sarchi, and SL-28. (He was the first producer in Costa Rica to be given SL-28, and rather than hoard the special variety for himself, he has distributed seeds to friends and neighbors for the past few years.) Don Carlos believes that growing nontraditional varieties, in addition to focusing on honey and natural processing, will be what allows him to differentiate La Perla’s coffee from others in the region.

 

*Microlot Coffee Offerings are sourced from innovative producers in innovative ways, from super high-end limited-edition ACES lots to cupping competitions and auction lots, to variety-specific separations and those coffees that are traceable down to an individual producer. Farmers are paid quality premiums for any microlot coffee, which reflects the extra planning, effort, labor, and attention to detail required to produce them, as well as rewarding the ultimate job well done.


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Brazil “Cafe Femenino” – Fair Trade Organic


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.63 / 1 Lb $8.39 / 5 Lbs ($8.29/lb) $41.45 / 25 Lbs ($8.19/lb) $204.75

Brazil – Peaberry – Natural – Fazenda Cachoeira da Grama


Sample (1/4 lb) $1.84 / 1 Lb $6.29 / 5 Lbs ($6.19/lb) $30.95 / 25 Lbs ($6.09/lb) $152.25

Brazil Serra Negra


Sample (1/4 lb) $1.84 / 1 Lb $6.29 / 5 Lbs ($6.19/lb) $30.95 / 25 Lbs ($6.09/lb) $152.25

Brazil Serra Negra – MWP Decaf


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.14 / 1 Lb $6.39 / 5 Lbs ($6.29/lb) $31.45 / 25 Lbs ($6.19/lb) $154.75

Breakfast Blend


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.45 / 1 lb $7.99 / 5 lbs ($7.89/lb) $39.45 / 25 lbs ($7.79/lb) $194.75

Burundi Kayanza – Mutumba Washing Station – Microlot


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.45 / 1 Lb $7.99 / 5 Lbs ($7.89/lb) $39.45 / 25 Lbs ($7.79/lb) $194.75

Campfire Blend


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.65 / 1 lb $7.39 / 5 lbs ($7.29/lb) $36.45 / 25 lbs ($7.19/lb) $179.75

Colombia – Microlot – Land of Diversity Competiotion – Elpidio Arboleda Tabares


Sample (1/4 lb) $13.48 / 1 Lb $29.99 / 5 Lbs ($29.89/lb) $149.45

Colombia – Microlot – Land of Diversity Competiotion – Yolanda Marlene Garzon Lopez


Sample (1/4 lb) $10.68 / 1 Lb $24.99 / 5 Lbs ($24.89/lb) $124.45

Colombia Supremo – Reserva Del Patron – May Blowout Special


1 Lb (Limit 10 Lbs please) $3.99 / 5 Lbs (10 lb limit please) $19.95

Colombian Cauca – “Women Coffee Producer Program”


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.60 / 1 Lb $6.99 / 5 Lbs ($6.89/lb) $34.45 / 25 Lbs ($6.79/lb) $169.75

Colombian Excelso


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.20 / 1 Lb $6.59 / 5 Lbs ($6.49/lb) $32.45 / 25 Lbs ($6.39/lb) $159.75

Colombian Excelso “Cafe Femenino” – Fair Trade Organic


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.63 / 1 Lb $6.99 / 5 Lbs ($6.89/lb) $34.45 / 25 Lbs ($6.79/lb) $169.75

Colombian Excelso – Gran Galope


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.20 / 1 Lb $6.59 / 5 Lbs ($6.49/lb) $32.45 / 25 Lbs ($6.39/lb) $159.75

Colombian Huila – EA Decaf


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.25 / 1 Lb $7.19 / 5 Lbs ($7.09/lb) $35.45 / 25 Lbs ($6.99/lb) $174.75

Congo – SOPACDI – Women’s Coffee Project Micro-Station – Fair Trade Organic


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.74 / 1 Lb $8.59 / 5 Lbs ($8.49/lb) $42.45 / 25 Lbs ($8.39/lb) $209.75

Costa Rica – La Candelilla Micromill – Finca La Palmilera – Gesha – Natural


Sample (1/4 lb) $7.75 / 1 Lb $18.99 / 5 Lbs ($18.89/lb) $94.45 / 25 Lbs ($18.79/lb) $469.75

Costa Rica – Microlot – Jhonnathan Camacho – Finca Llano Bonito – Yellow Honey


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.98 / 1 Lb $10.99 / 5 Lbs ($10.89/lb) $54.45 / 25 Lbs ($10.79/lb) $269.75

Costa Rica – Microlot – La Candelilla Micromill – Finca La Catarata – Typica – Honey


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.98 / 1 Lb $10.99 / 5 Lbs $54.45 / 25 Lbs $269.75

Costa Rica – Microlot – Las Lajas Micromill – Finca Calle Liles – Yellow Diamond – Honey


Sample (1/4 lb) $6.69 / 1 Lb $16.99 / 5 Lbs ($16.89/lb) $84.45 / 25 Lbs ($16.79/lb) $419.75

Costa Rica – Microlot – Las Lajas Micromill – Finca Sabanilla – Black Honey


Sample (1/4 lb) $4.99 / 1 Lb $12.99 / 5 Lbs ($12.89/lb) $64.45 / 25 Lbs ($12.79/lb) $319.75

Costa Rica Cafe Vida


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.65 / 1 Lb $6.99 / 5 Lbs ($6.89/lb) $34.45 / 25 Lbs ($6.79/lb) $169.75

Costa Rica La Magnolia – SWP Decaf


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.96 / 1 Lb $7.59 / 5 Lbs ($7.49/lb) $37.45 / 25 Lbs ($7.39/lb) $184.75

Decaf Bundle – 5% off regular price


3 Lbs (Reg. $21.67) $20.59

Ecuador – Maputo – Hakuna Matata – Caturra – Carbonic Maceration


Sample (1/4 lb) $5.60 / 1 Lb $14.29 / 5 Lbs ($14.19/lb) $70.95 / 25 Lbs ($14.09/lb) $352.25

El Salvador – Santa Emilia Estate – RFA – “Cup of Excellence”


1 Lb $6.99 / 5 Lbs ($6.89/lb) $34.45 / 25 Lbs ($6.79/lb) $169.75 / Sample (1/4 lb) $2.60

Espresso – Dark Blend


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.45 / 1 lb $7.99 / 5 lbs (7.89/lb) $39.45 / 25 lbs (7.79/lb) $197.25

Espresso – Light Blend


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.65 / 1 lb $7.39 / 5 lbs ($7.29/lb) $36.45 / 25 lbs ($7.19/lb) $179.75

Espresso – Medium Blend


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.65 / 1 lb $7.39 / 5 lbs ($7.29/lb) $36.45 / 25 lbs (7.19/lb) $179.75

Ethiopia Limu – Organic – Tega and Tula Farm – RFA


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.60 / 1 Lb $7.79 / 5 ($7.69/lb) $38.45 / 25 Lbs ($7.59/lb) $189.75

Ethiopian Yirgacheffe


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.63 / 1 Lb $8.49 / 5 Lbs ($8.39/lb) $41.95 / 25 Lbs ($8.29/lb) $207.25

Guatemala Atitlan – Nahuala Cooperative – “Cafe Femenino” – Fair Trade Organic


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.65 / 1 Lb $7.39 / 5 Lbs ($7.29/lb) $36.45 / 25 Lbs ($7.19/lb) $179.75

Guatemala Atitlan – Organic


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.47 / 1 Lb $7.29 / 5 Lbs ($7.19/lb) $35.95 / 25 Lbs ($7.09/lb) $177.25

Guatemala Huehuetenango – Finca Villaure


1 Lb $7.29 / 5 Lbs ($7.19/lb) $35.95 / 25 Lbs ($7.09/lb) $177.25 / Sample (1/4 lb) $2.72

Guatemala Quetzal Huehuetenango


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.25 / 1 Lb $6.59 / 5 Lbs ($6.49/lb) $32.45 / 25 Lbs ($6.39/lb) $159.75

Harvest Blend


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.45 / 1 Lb $7.99 / 5 Lbs ($7.89/lb) $39.45 / 25 Lbs ($7.79/lb) $194.75

Hawaiian Kona Prime


Sample (1/4 lb) $17.55 / 1 Lb $36.99 / 5 Lbs ($36.89/lb) $184.45 / 25 Lbs ($36.79/lb) $919.75

Honduras Marcala – Fair Trade Organic


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.30 / 1 Lb $6.79 / 5 lbs ($6.69/lb) $33.45 / 25 lbs ($6.59/lb) $164.75

India – Lalithadri Estate – RFA


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.27 / 1 Lb $6.19 / 5 Lbs ($6.09/lb) $30.45 / 25 Lbs ($5.99/lb) $149.75

International Exotic Bundle – 5% off regular price


5 Lbs (Reg. $34.05) $32.35

Jamaica Blue Mountain – Fair Trade


Sample (1/4 lb) $13.48 / 1 Lb $29.99 / 5 Lbs ($29.89/lb) $149.45 / 25 Lbs ($29.79/lb) $744.75

Java Estate – Blue Batavia


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.62 / 1 Lb $8.29 / 5 Lb ($8.19/lb) $40.95 / 25 Lbs ($8.09/lb) $202.25

Kenya AA Microlot – Babu Tembo


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.60 / 1Lb $7.79 / 5 Lbs ( $7.69/lb) $38.45 / 25 Lbs ($7.59/lb) $189.75

Kona Blend


Sample (1/4 lb) $4.25 / 1 Lb $9.29 / 5 Lbs ($9.19/lb) $45.95 / 25 Lbs ($9.09/lb) $227.25

La Minita Tarrazu de Costa Rica – RFA


Sample (1/4 lb) $4.00 / 1 Lb $8.99 / 5 Lbs ($8.89/lb) $44.45 / 25 Lbs ($8.79/lb) $219.75

Mexican Chiapas – Cristal


Sample (1/4 lb) $1.80 / 1 Lb $5.99 / 5 Lbs ($5.89/lb) $29.45 / 25 Lbs ($5.79/lb) $144.75

Mexican Chiapas – Sierra Azul – “Cafe Femenino” – Fair Trade Organic


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.60 / 1 Lb $6.99 / 5 Lbs ($6.89/lb) $34.45 / 25 Lbs ($6.79/lb) $169.75

Mocha Java Blend


Sample (1/4 lb) $5.50 / 1 Lb $14.19 / 5 Lbs ($14.09/lb) $70.45 / 25 Lbs ($13.99/lb) $349.75

Mother Knows Best – Cafe Femenino FTO Blend – Green – Monthly Special – 20% Off


1 Lb (Sale $6.79/lb) Reg. $8.49

Nicaragua – Madriz – Fair Trade Organic


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.39 / 1 Lb $6.49 / 5 Lbs ($6.39/lb) $31.95 / 25 Lbs ($6.29/lb) $157.25

Organic Bundle – 5% off regular price


5 Lbs (Reg. $35.25) $33.49

Papua New Guinea – Kainantu – Organic


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.60 / 1 Lb $6.89 / 5 Lbs ($6.79/lb) $33.95 / 25 Lbs ($6.69/lb) $167.25

Peru “Cafe Femenino” – Fair Trade Organic


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.60 / 1 Lb $6.99 / 5 Lbs ($6.89/lb) $34.45 / 25 Lbs ($6.79/lb) $169.75

Peru Norte – Lima Coffee – Fair Trade Organic


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.51 / 1 Lb $6.99 / 5 Lbs ($6.89/lb) $34.45 / 25 Lbs ($6.79/lb) $169.75

Rwanda Rulindo – Microlot – Fair Trade Organic


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.51 / 1 Lb $6.99 / 5 Lbs ($6.89/lb) $34.45 / 25 Lbs ($6.79/lb) $169.75

Sumatra – KVW Decaf


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.99 / 1 Lb $7.19 / 5 Lbs ($7.09/lb) $35.45 / 25 Lbs ($6.99/lb) $174.75

Sumatra – Mutu Batak


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.68 / 1 Lb $7.79 / 5 Lbs ($7.69/lb) $38.45 / 25 Lbs ($7.59/lb) $189.75

Sumatra Aceh – Harimau Tiger


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.62 / 1 Lb $7.59 / 5 Lbs ($7.49/lb) $37.45 / 25 Lbs ($7.39/lb) $184.75

Sumatra Ipak Bensu “Women Coffee Producer Program” – Fair Trade Organic


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.79 / 1 Lb $7.49 / 5 Lbs ($7.39/lb) $36.95 / 25 Lbs ($7.29/lb) $182.25

Tanzania Peaberry


Sample (1/4 lb) $1.98 / 1 Lb $6.29 / 5 Lbs ($6.19/lb) $30.95 / 25 Lbs ($6.09/lb) $152.25

Thailand – Phu Tub Berk


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.24 / 1 Lb $6.49 / 5 Lbs ($6.39/lb) $31.95 / 25 Lbs ($6.29/lb) $157.25

Uganda Gorilla Summit Coffee – Bwindi – SL28 – Natural – Microlot


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.45 / 1 Lb $7.99 / 5 Lbs ($7.89/lb) $39.45 / 25 Lbs ($7.79/lb) $194.75

Women Owned Bundle – 5% off regular price


3 lbs (Reg. 23.07) $21.92

Yemen Haraaz Peaberry


Sample (1/4 lb) $6.38 / 1 Lb $16.99 / 5 lbs ($16.89/lb) $84.45 / 25 lbs ($16.79/lb) $419.75

Yemen Haraaz Red


Sample (1/4 lb) $13.48 / 1 Lb $29.99 / 5 lbs ($29.89/lb) $149.45 / 25 Lbs ($29.79/lb) $744.75

Yemen Mocha Haraaz AA+


Sample (1/4 lb) $5.76 / 1 Lb $14.99 / 5 lbs ($14.89/lb) $74.45 / 25 lbs ($14.79/lb) $369.75

Comments

  1. Brent Scarborough says:

    What is “Honey coffee”?

    • Jane Russo says:

      For Honeys, 100% of the mucilage is left on the coffee, and the coffee is dried in different ways.

      Yellow Honey (or golden): Coffee is turned hourly on raised beds.
      Red Honey: Coffee is turned several times a day on the beds, but not as frequently as for yellow honey.
      Black Honey: The coffee is only turned once per day.

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