Exclusive Coffees Micro Lots
Every year we travel to Costa Rica for the harvest season to choose out favourite lots from the Exclusive Coffees micro-mills. Availability is limited, but we are always confident this is the best that Costa Rica has to offer. We are selecting coffees for shipment now, please see below for incoming offerings.
Incoming 2020 Lots
Agravid White Honey
Don Mayo Natural Bourbon
Altos de Abejonal "Divino Nino" Natural Catuai
Sumava Natural Lactic Fermentation
These stunning coffees will be available in limited quantities, packed in manageable 23kg vacuum packs. More info to come when we receive our pre-shipment samples.
Costa Rica- History and Coffee
Costa Rica was settled by Europeans following the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1502. The rugged, volcanic land contained around 20 indigenous tribes, considered a fairly sparse population for Central America at the time. The indigenous people, sadly, did not fare well with the new arrivals, being mainly destroyed by disease and combat. Lacking abundant minerals, precious metals and indigenous labour, colonisation proceeded slowly and without major conflicts. European settlement mainly occured in the cooler highlands around the Central Valley, where the city of San Jose now exists.
Coffee was introduced after Independence in 1821, when the first Head of State, Juan Mora Fernandez granted land to settlers who would grow coffee in the highlands. The initiative was a success, and coffee soon became an important export for the new country. An oxcart highway constructed from the Central Valley to the Caribbean Coast to facilitate trade with Europe, greatly boosting the momentum of the industry and opening up San Jose as a cosmopolitan city in the New World. European artists and professionals travelled to San Jose, earning it a reputation as the intellectual hub of Central America. This modern, thriving metropolis was also one of the first three cities in the world to have electricity.
Social and economic reforms after 1948 stabilised the country politically, and Costa Rica has gone from strength to strength as a nation with no military, but a strong focus on education and the environment. This focus has been a boon to the coffee industry, with many coffee farmers now tertiary qualified professionals. Costa Rica has thus been perfectly positioned to ride the wave of specialty coffee, with farmers demonstrating a commitment to sustainable growing practices, organic farming techniques, and cutting edge processing methods. It is now common to see young Costa Ricans with degrees in law, engineering and agriculture, returning to the family farm for a career in specialty coffee, producing their own high quality micro lots.