1. Cesar Urena is the owner/operator at the Don Pepe Micromill, located in San Isidro de Leon Cortez, Costa Rica.

    We visited Cesar's Micromill during Cafe Imports trip to Costa Rica for the 2014 harvest, what we discovered was a crown jewel in the treasure trove of Costa Rican coffees this year.

    Keep an eye out for Don Pepe's coffees coming in April 2014!

    Shot and Edited by Andy Reiland

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  2. Dona Francisca and Don Oscar Chacon of Las Lajas Micromill are third generation coffee producers in their family. They inherited their farms from their grandparents and are known for being one of the first to process high-quality Honeys and Naturals in Central America and for participating in the Cup of Excellence auction in 2009.

    Las Lajas is an organic micromill located in Sabanilla de Alajuela in the Central Valley region of Costa Rica. Organic coffee in Costa Rica is almost non-existent and with this caliber of cup makes it one of a kind; they believe in the preservation of the environment hence their organic practices. Las Lajas processes coffee from their family farms’; these lots are fully traceable and separated by day. Water use is minimal since coffee is not washed. During the harvest Francisca will measure the brix contents in the coffee cherry to determine the optimal time to pick their coffee. 21 - 22% brix content has been the maximum they’ve seen.

    Honey Processes
    Las Lajas carries several distinct processes from this mill.
    Yellow Honey: 100% Mucilage left on, turning hourly on the bed
    Red Honey: 100% mucilage left on, turning several times a day (less frequent than yellow honey)
    Black Honey: 100% mucilage left on, turning only once per day
    Perla Negra: Natural process, turned normally on raised beds
    Alma Negra: Natural process, turned only a few times a day on raised beds

    This honey process of leaving 100% of the mucilage on in all "levels" of honey is distinctive to Las Lajas. This just shows that terminology can mean various things region to region and farm to farm.
    Cafe Imports is excited to bring you, once again, high-quality and traceable microlots from Costa Rica.

    Cafe Imports bought its first Costa Rica microlot container at the end of the 2006/2007 harvest; at that time the microlot offerings were basically non-existent. In six years the Costa Rica microlot market has grown to be one of the most popular origins that deliver very consistent quality year-after-year.

    The Costa’s Cafe Imports is sourcing directly from micro-mills and producers were paid at the Farm Gate level. We managed local transportation, dry-milling, consolidation, and exportation of the coffees. This experience is extremely valuable as it gives us a better understanding of what it takes to get coffee from cherry to export quality in GrainPro and Yute with its corresponding marks.
    -Piero Cristiani

    Music: "Quasi Motion" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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  3. Cafe Imports bought its first Costa Rica microlot container at the end of the 2006/2007 harvest; at that time the microlot offerings were basically non-existent. In six years the Costa Rica microlot market has grown to be one of the most popular origins that deliver very consistent quality year-after-year.

    The Costa’s Cafe Imports is carrying this spring (2014) are all sourced directly from micro-mills and producers were paid at the Farm Gate level. We managed local transportation, dry-milling, consolidation, and exportation of the coffees. This experience is extremely valuable as it gives us a better understanding of what it takes to get coffee from cherry to export quality in GrainPro and Yute with its corresponding marks.

    Rio Jorco’s owners are third generation in the business. They are extremely focused on quality and conservation of nature. Los Lobos won Cup of Excellence #3 in 2012 and the owners have dedicated 3/4 of the land is dedicated to a private reserve. Rio Jorco is equipped with a complete wet-mill and dry-mill which allows them to control quality throughout the process. They process coffee from their farm, Los Lobos, but also purchase cherry from producers from the area. Producers are compensated based on cup quality and get recognition for selling a microlot.

    Rio Jorco’s operations area is in the municipalities of: Aserri, Acosta, Leon Cortez, Frailes, Desamparados, and Corralillo. These micro-regions of Tarrazu have won multiple Cup of Excellence awards year after year.

    Cafe Imports is excited to bring you, once again, high-quality and traceable microlots from Costa Rica.

    -Piero Cristiani

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