Costa Rica Don Eli micro mill - coffee of the month
Location – San Marcos, Tarrazu
Altitude – 1900-2000 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.
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.
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:
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.
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.