A really well balanced coffee that you can come back to again and again, there are juicy notes of raspberry and cherry balanced by a solid hazelnut base with a touch of lime on the finish.
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 a newly established project in the Western Valleys set up by a company called Coopro Naranjo and referred to as Estrella Naranjo (the star of Naranjo). This programme aims to identify quality coffee producers and the conditions required for quality and is open to any smallholder farmer who grows their coffee between 1,300-1,700 metres above sea level (as altitude is a key factor in producing quality coffee). It incorporates producers from six towns across the region of Naranjo; Lourdes, Sabanilla, Barranca, Cañuela, San Juanillo and Robles. Each area possesses a unique micro climate thanks to the mountainous terrain which creates different climatic environments for coffee to grow in.
Once a producer becomes integrated into the Estrella Naranjo programme, they are allocated an agronomist who will visit regularly and help advise on when to harvest their coffee along with other agricultural techniques to help them increase the quality and yield of their coffee. Once the coffee has been sold to a buyer, the producers will receive a bonus payment which is a quality differential and serves as an incentive to produce specialty grade coffee. We are really excited to be supporting this initiative which has produced some fantastic results in its first year and we are looking forward to seeing how it develops.
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 should be ready in our customer collection point in the North Star Coffee Shop and General Store by 5pm the day after you have placed your order. Opening hours can be viewed here along with information on parking and location. 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.