This is our 'house' espresso. It's smooth, easy to control, sweet and balanced. It holds up to milk with ease and showcases nicely when consumed black.
We're having a lot of fun with Imperio Rojo this season as we always do! It's been a joy to use on the espresso machine, averaging 18 grams in and extracting around 37 grams out. We've found a complex range of flavour, most notably green apple, candy-like citrus and immense sweetness. This coffee is delicious in milk, lovely as a single cup brew and thought provoking in every which way. We're very excited about this one. It's our third year working with the Imperio Rojo mill, and the proprietors Jose and Annie Alvarado!
Chirripo is a newer player when it comes to Costa Rican coffee producing areas. With production stretching back over the past few years, we are thrilled to be offering such a fantastic coffee in such an up and coming region. The views are amazing from the 2000m hills that are covered in coffee!
Jose owns and operates his Imperio Rojo. It's here that he does all of his processing with a meticulous degree of detail. He and his wife live at the mill, in an absolutely beautiful landscape.
This year, we toured the farm and the mill and were very impressed by the overall operation. We started at the mill and viewed all of Jose's processing - he's experimenting with Naturals this season, which could make for an intriguing offering in years to come. The mill was very clean and organized and the excitement to tour us around was very apparent. We then drove up to the peak of the farm and overlooked the Chirripo mountains. Incredible. We walked through the rows of Caturra and Catuai and finally wrapped up our day long tour with a picnic at 2050m. A pretty special afternoon to compliment a pretty special coffee.
The versatility of this White Honey has us excited for our visit this coming season to see further improvements in quality of processing, picking and overall cup quality. Some new young trees to look forward to tasting this year. Thanks Jose for such an incredible coffee.
Country: Costa Rica
Zone: Cerro Chirripo
Producer: Jose Alvarado
Mill: Imperio Rojo
Variety: Caturra and Catuai
Process: White Honey
Tasting Notes: Walnut, Green Apple, Candied Citrus