Our newest small batch coffee is hot off the roaster! Millennium Costa Rica just dropped this morning. And don’t let the name fool you, this coffee won’t be around for that long. Available in one-pound, five-pound (online only), and bulk coffee options (online only), you can snag a one-pound bag for $22 and a five-pound bag for $90.
This coffee hails from the Central Valley. Costa Rica’s Central Valley is surrounded by mountains and volcanoes and has the ideal coffee growing conditions (altitude above 1,200masl, temperatures averaging between 15°C and 28°C, and the right soil conditions). The variety of this coffee is Milenio, which is a first-generation hybrid. This means that it originates from a cross between T5296 and Ethiopian landrace Rume Sudan. There are only a handful of first-generation hybrid coffee varieties in the world, so you’re in for a treat.
Hacienda Sonora Estate has been in Alberto and Diego Guardia’s family for more than a century. In the 1970’s when Alberto took over the farm, he began planting the majority of the land with coffee. Shortly after, it became the main source of income. In 1999 with historical low coffee prices, Alberto invested in a mill to be able to maximize his quality. In order to do so, he became a pioneer in very alternative processing techniques such as honey and naturals, as well as living proof of how different varieties can create different levels of complexity in the cup. This is our second year working with Diego Guardia at Hacienda Sonora, and Millennium Costa Rica is an extra special coffee that we’re excited to share. With striking notes of dark chocolate, watermelon, the sweetness of plum, and the brightness of lime and ripe blueberries, Millennium Costa Rica is unforgettable.
After this coffee was hand-picked, it was separated for floaters and the husks were washed, dried in the sun for a few days, and then they covered the cherries in a tarp. Typically coffees that are dried are often done so utilizing full sunlight every day. With the “48 Hour Natural” they interrupted the drying process for 2 days after the initial 3 days of drying. They kept the coffee covered in a pyramid shape in a tarp that looks like a burrito! For the Guardia’s it is key to find “that balance between slow dry and clean cup.” Millennium Costa Rica is a stellar example of what good farming practices and great natural processing can do to coffee.
With a big body and brightness to match, this coffee is not one to miss. What happens when coffee fermentation science meets creative genius? Grab a bag of Millennium Costa Rica and find out. Get yours with free carbon neutral shipping via UPS Ground by clicking the button below.SHOP MILLENNIUM COSTA RICA