Hacienda La Amistad is a venerable fixture among Costa Rican estates. Roberto Montero, its owner, is a third-generation coffee farmer who is committed to giving back to the land and people of his home and he’s proud of their organic certification. Moreover, he is acutely aware of his farm’s sterling reputation and consistently produces world class coffee every single year. For us, that means purchasing his coffee is an easy choice every time it becomes available.
We are pleased to report this year’s crop did not disappoint! This lot features harmonious balance, crisp acidity, gentle sweetness and a quick, clean finish. We tasted notes of rich caramel, ripe red grapefruit, lavender and just a touch of lemony dill. This coffee is incredibly. It’s ideal for pour over brewing such as chemex and v60 and it will also make a refreshing flash iced pour over for those hot summer afternoons.
Reminder! This coffee is raw, you must roast it before brewing
Arrival Date: July 1st, 2022. US Arrival: June 2022
Acidity & Brightness: Crisp, bright and moderately sweet
Balance & Finish: Exceptionally balanced with a dry, clean finish
Body & Texture: Medium to full bodied, smooth, silky texture
Flavors: Caramel, red grapefruit, lavender and lemon dill.
Grade: SHB, grown at 1200 to 1500 masl
Processing: Fully washed (wet processed) and dried in the sun and mechanical driers
Grower: Roberto Montero | Hacienda La Amistad
Region: Coto Brus, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Varieties: Caturra and Catuai
Recommended Roast Range: City to Full City (Light to medium)
We like this coffee best at City+ (light-medium) or near the end of 1st crack. However, it will perform well anywhere from City to Full Medium (light to medium). The owner of Hacienda la Amistad believes his coffee is best enjoyed roasted light where it exudes the most florality and brightness. Medium roasts will yield a sweeter and more rounded cup if that’s your preference.
Royal Coffee - "So consistent and tasty that it’s made it as a Crown Jewel selection since the inception of the program, the coffee from Hacienda la Amistad shines not only in the cup, but in its commitment to the environment and community. It’s remarkable that 97% of the land that Roberto Montero’s grandfather first purchased in the early 1900s has been dedicated to forest preservation, with 6,000 of the original 10,000 hectares given back to the government of Costa Rica for the for the preservation of La Amistad International Park, the largest natural reserve in Central America. With the 4,000 hectares that have remained in this third-generation coffee farmer’s possession, Montero has dedicated 300 hectares to organic coffee production and most of the rest is forested and teeming with wildlife. Roberto’s commitment to organic farming pairs harmoniously with his commitment to his community. La Amistad’s proximity to the border of Panama has attracted many indigenous people from that country who come to the farm during harvest season with their entire families. Roberto ensures their needs are met by providing housing and free access to medical care for the seasonal pickers. Roberto also takes pride in his ability to provide more than 100 full-time jobs to his neighbors from Las Mellizas, not only in coffee cultivation, but also in the dried fruit operation that he runs year-round at La Amistad. Roberto hosts an annual employee celebration to recognize all their hard work and he also distributes school supplies to their children each year before school starts."