Known for his impeccable cleanliness and work ethic, Producer Carlos Barrantes has placed quality and control before anything else. His Naranjo farm, the Flor Del Cafe is a northern Costa Rican plantation that is part of an impeccable processing microbial named La Perla del Cafe, "the Pearl of Coffee".
Costa Rican Producer Carlos Barrantes next to his processor
During their visit in 2014, our Green Bean partners at Cafe Imports were overwhelmed by the exemplary attention that is exhibited by this farm. Using the Yellow Honey process, Barrantes dries the coffee on patios and leaves some of the mucilage to the parchment; no one enters these drying patios without clean shoes. Priding himself on working through every stage of the process, Carlos Barrantes picks only the sangre angre de toro, the cherries that look red-ripe like "bull's blood".
"No one enters these drying patios without clean shoes"
This Villa Sarchi grown on Flor Del Cafe is a mutation of the Bourbon varietal, specific to Costa Rica and offers florals, elegant acidity and fruit tones. Upon cupping this coffee at Maker, we were impressed by the aroma and balance it presents. We wished to highlight its sweetness and the depth of its characteristics.
"Carlos Barrantes picks only the sangre angre de toro, the cherries that look red-ripe like "bull's blood".
With only a limited amount of this lot remaining here at Maker, we are looking forward to enjoying this aromatic cup again in the coming weeks. Do stay tuned for the Flor Del Cafe's final few offerings, as it will be available on our webstore, for you to brew at home, and on our Brew Bar on North Street in Richmond.