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Costa Rica - Don Eli White Honey

Costa Rica - Don Eli White Honey

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Costa Rica - Don Eli White Honey

Varietal –  Red Catuai
Preparation – White honey
Location – San Marcos, Tarrazu
Altitude – 1900-2000 masl
Importer - Horsham Coffee Roaster

This is a stunning white honey process coffee from the Carlos Montero family farm processed at the Don Eli micro mill.

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.

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

Costa Rica coffee farm - La Pastora

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 1900-2000masl. 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. 

Jacob Monterro takes care of the processing and mill management and this white honey was produced by using the Penagos eco-pulper to remove a large amount of the fruit from the coffee. 

      Pulping coffee

      Once the coffee has been pulped it is dried on raised African style beds allowing a very even amount of airflow around the coffee. This style of honey processing results in a very clean coffee with subtle fruit notes and low fermentation. It is fairly similar to producing a washed coffee but uses significantly less water.

      White honey processed coffee

      Tasting Notes:

      We love Costa Rican honey processed coffees. This is a stunning example of a clean, well balanced honey processed coffee. Tasting notes include plum, dates and wonderful brown sugar sweetness.


      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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