*Please note that this coffee is sold in 125g bags, not our regular 250g*
The ARBAR micro-mill is owned by Carlos and Maria Arrieta Soto, The mill name "ARBAR" comes from the combined family names - Carlos ARietta and Maria BARboza - ARBAR, clever eh!
Their family home and the milling area of the mill are right in the middle of the Manantial farm, 1 of the 4 small farms that Carlos and Maria run between them. It’s all laid out immaculately, with the drying beds, depulper, and nursery areas laid out around the edge of the house.
Carlos and Maria are very active members of the local community and have close relationships with their neighbours - which include CoE winning mills like Herbazu, Vista Al Valle and Sumava. The farm operates mostly Organic processes, but they're not Organic certified. They believe in the value of biodiversity on the farms, and plants like fruit trees are positioned among the coffee plants to provide shade and to help the soil. These trees also provide food for the family. They even have a few sheep and other animals, with the farm being as self-sufficient as possible. They have one full-time employee, who lives on the farm.
Before they sold to us, the ARBAR production was sold to a big cooperative. For that, it makes sense to grow tried-and-trusted coffee varieties like Caturra, Catuai, and Villa Sarchi. These are all proven to produce a good cup, and they're relatively resilient and don’t need to be spaced out too much.
When Carlos and his family started selling to us, it gave them a chance to try new things; the prices that we pay gave them the opportunity to take bigger risks. One of the ways they did this was by trying small plantings of new varietals including Bourbon, Kenya (SL28), and this one – Geisha.
The coffee plants' low yielding, thin, and spindly branches mean they are vulnerable to the strong winds that are common at higher altitudes. To help protect the plants, they’re surrounded by tall trees and kept in the lee of the hill, where they can grow freely. Furthermore, it's about as pest-friendly as a coffee tree comes (although resistant to leaf rust!), so you just don't get much production. But what you do get is pure deliciousness.
There's grapefruit and lemon juice at the start, with a white sugar-like sweetness. As it cools a little thought the floral jasmine shows through first, then a black tea edge. The initial zing of the citrus mellows and blends with that black tea to give a bergamot and Earl Grey flavour.
Country: Costa Rica
Region: Western Valley
City: Lourdes de Naranjo
Producer: Carlos Arrieta
Altitude: 1,600 m.a.s.l.
Process: Yellow Honey
Grapefruit, lemon juice, white sugar, jasmine, Earl Grey tea
Roasting Information Medium - through first, but beginning to slow it a little once first crack is going. Once you're into the gap, you're looking to finish the roast well before second crack is reached.
This coffee is sold in 125g bags, not our regular 250g bags.
We roast all our coffee to order five days a week (Monday–Friday).
If you place an order before 07:30, it will be roasted and dispatched that day. If you order after 07:30, it will carry over to the following working day for roasting.
The cost of postage is additional to the cost of our coffee. One bag at First Class postage will cost £1.50, and one bag at Second Class postage will cost £1.00. DPD next working day delivery is available for a flat rate of £5.00 for all orders up to 10 KG.