COSTA RICA: Palmichal Los Monge - Single Origin - 100% Arabica

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  • Country: Costa Rica
    Region: Frailes, Tarrazu
    Farm: Finca Frailes (Processed at Palmichal Mill)
    Elevation: 1500 - 1600 MASL
    Variety: Caturra
    Process: Red Honey
    Tasting notes: Papaya, Mango and Vanilla

    We adore Central American coffees for their rich mouthfeel and smoothness of body. Our latest Costa Rica offering gained unanimous approval when tasted blind on the cupping table here at Rinaldo's and we hope you're be just as enthusiastic when you slurp it.

    Palmichal Los Monge utilises a red honey processing method, wherein the coffee is lightly washed and then left to dry under shade with some of the mucilage still on the Red Caturra cherry - resulting in an unusual but vibrant fermentation.

    Expect papaya, mango and vanilla flavours and be prepared to be blown away!
    This particular Costa Rican is the culmination of the three close friends, Gerardo Calvo, William Mendez and Zaira Marin - resulting in a carefully managed micro-lot, with a clean acidity in the cup, perfect for a pour-over or syphon .

  • Country: Costa Rica
    Region: Frailes, Tarrazu
    Farm: Finca Frailes (Processed at Palmichal Mill)
    Elevation: 1500 - 1600 MASL
    Variety: Caturra
    Process: Red Honey
    Tasting notes: Papaya, Mango and Vanilla

    The Producers at Finca Frailes

    The cherries for this lot were produced at the farm of Gerardo Calvo, Zaira Marín and William Méndez. The three are close friends who co-own and manage Finca Frailes. All three are lifelong coffee farmers, the second and third generations in the family to farm coffee. They planted the farm with coffee 30 years ago and have kept a regular renovation plan to maintain the farm’s health and productivity.

    Palmichal Micro-Mill

    The Palmichal micro-mill is an important partner for many specialty coffee producers in the Palmichal, Puriscal, Tarrazu and Frailes micro-regions of Costa Rica. Begun in the 2015-2016 harvest with 30 farmers participating, the Palmichal micro-mill is located in Palmichal, Costa Rica. With patios and elevated beds for varied kinds of drying, the mill is able to process coffees as washed conventional, a variety of grade of honey process and naturals.

    The goal of the mill is to service farmers who grow unique coffees by flawlessly processing the cherries and beans and deliver the final result to quality-conscious importers and micro-roasters. Their small-scale, artisanal model enables them to match coffees from smallholder farmers with specific quality and process requirements all while maintaining economic and physical traceability.

    The mill has 23 solar panels generating 5.0 kWp. Due to its modular setup, the project can continue growing easily each year. The mill’s nursery has 330,000 plants and is looking to continue growing, making it one of the largest coffee nurseries in the county. The Palmichal nursery sells the plants to producers at cost. It also gives farmers the opportunity to finance against their future crops.

    Harvest

    Farmers bring their cherry to the mill by truck. At the mill, they measure cherries by the half fanega (approximately 46 kg). The mill fastidiously separates cherry. First floating separates the cherries. They cover cherry with clean water so that half ripe, over ripe and diseased cherries float to the top while dense and ripe cherries sink to the bottom. 

    The second stage of separation happens when they de-pulp the coffee. The machine separates the skin and pulp from the beans and then the cherries pass through a screen called “criba.” The screen only allows ripe cherry through, the rejections pass through another way and sell as lower grade. This coffee was honey processed, so only the skin was mechanically removed. With the mucilage intact, the beans then move to the drying patios through a tube. On the patios the coffee is moved every hour to enable uniform drying. Average drying time on the patio is around 8 days.

This year we won a Great Taste Award and are a National Finalist in the Rural Business Awards

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