Medium

Old Soul Co.

Costa Rica Reserve "Carlos Montero" White Honey Process

Caramel, peach, graham cracker.

From dry fragrance notes of cedar, citrus, and graham crackers, this coffee opens up into sweet honey aroma with a touch of crème brûlée. Flavors of mandarin and toffee intertwine with ripe date and dark grape for a well-balanced cup that sweetens as it cools: complex, bright, pleasingly intense, with a fruity acidity and smooth spicy aftertaste. Enjoy.

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Country
Costa Rica
Region
Tarrazu
Town
San Marcos de Tarrazu
Farm
Finca La Pastora
Farmer
Carlos Montero
Elevation
1900m
Variety
Catuai
Process
Honey Process

Meet Carlos Montero

Not to be confused with La Pastora ™ blend of coffees from the Tarrazu region, this special lot is from a single farm, Finca La Pastora, one of four small farms owned by the husband and wife duo, Carlos and Lucia Montero. Working closely with Old Soul staff, Carlos has demarcated which areas of his farms are producing the highest cup quality, separating those cherries into microlots, then milling them at the clean and efficient Don Eli Micro Mill that he and his brother, Manuel, built in 2013. Total production at La Pastora is roughly 75 bags, 12 of which Old Soul was able to secure.

With Old Soul’s commitment to buy coffee from him for at least 3 years, Carlos has been able to invest in additional plants and fertilizer to improve his farm. In one area, he has planted about 300 heirloom Typica plants. Typica trees are famous for producing intensely flavored, high quality coffee, but yields are low, and the trees grow tall, making them difficult to pick. However, Old Soul has committed to pay Carlos premium price for separating these particular cherries into a nano lot.

Tarrazu, Costa Rica

Chilly nights and warm days in the mist-covered Talamanca mountain range of Costa Rica create little pockets of microclimate perfect for coffee cultivation, and just a slight change in elevation allows for extreme biodiversity. Currently however, unpredictable rain and higher temperatures have beset many coffee farmers. Not only has Roya (Rust disease) taken a huge toll in the past few years, but the vicious cycle of low commodity prices resulting in lack of funds for fertilizer, pest control, and new trees has left them struggling to survive, making the leap to producing specialty-grade coffee even more difficult.

Be that as it may, the “Ticos” take pride in their land and their coffee. They have a phrase, Pura Vida, which encapsulates the optimism of the people. This multipurpose phrase is translated “pure life,” and carries with it an underlying thankfulness, along with the understanding that no matter what the situation, somewhere someone is experiencing something worse, so maybe the situation isn’t so terrible after all! In essence, no matter how much or little you have, life is short and we’re here together so—pura vida!

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Location
Sacramento, CA
Contact
Email
916-475-6192

Old Soul Co.

Started by Tim Jordan and Jason Griest in an obscure alley in Sacramento in 2006, Old Soul Co. has grown rapidly but still enthusiastically shares the same vision ten years later: "celebrate the artisan aspects of bread baking and coffee roasting and dedicate ourselves to getting better at our crafts everyday!"

Old Soul's coffee sourcing practices set them apart: owner Jason Griest travels to as many of the farms growing Old Soul's coffees as possible. In Sacramento, Old Soul is deeply involved in volunteering and giving back to the community. The roasting company has received many 90+ and "Best Of" awards over the past years.

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