Costa Rica Don Eli micro mill

Costa Rica Don Eli micro mill - coffee of the month

Location – San Marcos, Tarrazu
Altitude – 1700-2000 masl
Importer - Horsham Coffee Roaster

This Coffee of the Month series comes from the Don Eli micromill in Tarrazu, Costa Rica. 

We are super excited to be sourcing our Costa Rican Tarrazu coffees directly. We source our Costa Rican coffees directly in partnership with Selva Coffee, a small exporter representing a select group of coffee producers that we visited in February 2020 and December 2023 and in February 2024.

These producers are located in the West Valley, Central Valley, and Tarrazu region of Costa Rica. You can read more about our direct trade coffees in our Transparency Report. 

Farm Overview

Don Eli micromill

The view from the Don Eli micro mill

Carlos Montero has been producing fantastic coffees from his own farms for many years and was one of the pioneers of the small independent micro mill. Carlos bought his first farm after saving up working in restaurants in the USA. He first worked as a member of a local co-operative selling coffee cherry to be processed as part of a regional blend. Ten years ago he set up his own mill that now produces fantastic natural, honey, and washed coffees under the family name. Carlos has three children, Marianela, Jacob and Maria Jose. Marianela is the co-founder of Selva coffee and Jacob is in charge of post-harvest processing. 

Harvesting and Processing:

Coffee was hand-harvested from trees at high altitudes on the farm located at 1700-2000masl. This is one of the highest farms in Costa Rica and benefits from fantastic soil and a stable climate. After harvesting the coffee was transported in the evening to the Don Eli micro mill and left to rest overnight for processing the following day. 

Don Eli micromill

Jacob Monterro takes care of the processing and mill management and they specialize in producing coffees across a range of processing methods including natural, honey and a small amount of washed coffee.

Our subscribers will be receiving washed and honey processed coffee this month as we have two small microlots to share. Details of the coffee and process will be shown on the bag label.

Don Eli honey process

Amelia taking a look at the honey processed coffee


This coffee works well for all brew methods. 

Filter: Dose 15g, water 250g. 

Espresso: Dose 17 gram to 40 gram yield over about 30 seconds. 

This coffee is available as whole bean and pre-ground, but we recommend always grinding fresh before brewing. We sell a range of grinders if you would like to grind this coffee fresh at home. 

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