Costa Rica Monte Brisas Washed



Recommended for:

  • Aeropress

  • Espresso

  • French Press

  • Stove Top

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A well-structured cup with notes of peach, toffee and macadamia – versatile and suitable for a wide range of brewing methods with great balance and pleasant complexity.

Key Stats

Location: Llano Bonito, Naranjo, Costa RicaAltitude: 1,600 - 1,700 metres above sea levelPreparation: WashedVarietal: Caturra and Villa SarchiOwners: Doña María ElenaFlavours: Peach | Toffee | Macadamia


Costa Rica is a small country nestled in the heart of Central America. It’s probably most famous as a nature retreat for wealthy Americans, favoured for its stable government and relative safety compared some of its Central American neighbours.

Traditionally, coffee from Costa Rica was bulked and sold – however the higher production costs has made it impossible for the country to compete with neighbouring Nicaragua. Costa Rica has therefore turned its attention to the production of high quality micro lots as part of an effort to justify the higher sales price.  This lot comes to us from the Monte Brisas mill that is managed by Doña María Elena who is a real pioneer for the role of women in coffee. It was her decision to replace dairy (the traditional produce of this region) in favour of coffee in 2011 when she helped establish Finca Salaca and the Monte Brisas mill. She has championed the production of high quality lots ever since and she has made a name for herself in cultivating and processing coffee thanks to her comprehensive agronomic and technical experience.

This lot comes to us from some experimental plots on Finca Salaca, where there is a varietal program underway to collect data on successful varietals with regards to cup quality, yield and resistance to pests and disease.

María’s daughter-in-law Marícruz assists her in running the operation and we are proud to be able to showcase their efforts by way of this deliciously sweet coffee that is so well balanced and suited to a range of brewing methods from espresso to filter.

Brew Guides


Grind Setting: Very fineBrew Time: 26-28 secondsDose:Brewed Weight 17g : 35-37g
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Grind Setting: Medium (slightly finer than for Pour Over)Brew Time: 2 minutesCoffee:Water 15-17g : 200ml
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French Press

Grind Setting: CoarseBrew Time: 3 minutes 30 secondsCoffee:Water 19g : 250ml
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Stove Top

Grind Setting: Fine (slightly coarser than for espresso)Brew Time: Dependent on size and heating sourceCoffee:Water 22g : 250ml (though dependent on size of Stove Top)
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Delivery Details

We are happy to say we are now able to dispatch orders on a daily basis from Monday to Friday. If your order is received before midnight, it should go out to you the next day using the Royal Mail First Class or DPD next day courier service depending on the weight of the parcel. If you place an order over the weekend, it will be packed and dispatched when the Roastery re-opens on a Monday.

If you have selected the Local Pickup option, this will be available the next day from our Roastery premises in Armley and this site is strictly staffed between Mon-Fri from 9am-5pm. Unfortunately we cannot deliver your order to a local customer for you to collect from.

Once you have placed your order, you will receive an email to confirm it is being processed and then another one to let you know when it has been dispatched/is ready to collect.

Collection Address: Unit 10, 280 Tong Road, LS12 3BG



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