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Costa Rica Don Eli Montero Natural | Archived
We're now at year 5 of a coffee from the Don Eli MicroMill. Normally coffee producers cannot keep up the quality for so many years. Their ability to consistently produce such amazing coffees is a testimony to their skill and hard work. This year is no different. However, we liked their dry process this year over the honey. It has a nice fruited finish but starts with an amazing sweet milk chocolate flavor. I love the blueberry / red berry flavors in this one. I love this coffee and am glad to be able to offer a great Costa Rican coffee again.
|Roast Level:||City (Light)|
|Flavor Notes:||Blueberry, Sweet Milk Chocolate, Red Berries|
|Recommended Brew Methods:||Drip, Espresso, Immersion (French Press)|
|Farm:||Don Eli MicroMill|
Carlos Montero Production:
The Montero family lives in El Llano de La Piedra, between the towns of San Marcos and Santa Maria de Dota in the Tarrazu canton of Costa Rica. The micromill, Microbeneficio Don Eli, is located across the river from their home and one of their several farms, Finca La Pastora, is located up on the side of a nearby mountain, with breathtaking views looking back down into the river valley and over the landscape of Tarrazu.
Carlos has not always had his own mill, however, and the efforts to create coffee processing capabilities on his own land were part of Costa Rica’s “micromill revolution” and the result of the entire family’s hard work and dedication over many years. Carlos was motivated to take on this gargantuan task because of his family’s history working in coffee production and his own convictions and desire to put his family’s name on the final product.
The Montero family has been farming coffee for four generations; the legacy begins with Rafael Montero and Emilia Picado. Their son Eli Montero would work throughout his life in coffee, as would his son, Carlos Montero. Today, two of Carlos’ children, Jacob and Marianela, are involved in coffee both on and off the farm. Carlos grew up watching his father struggle through the hard times that often befall smallholder farmers and set out to create opportunities for himself as well as his family’s farm.
In 1971, Carlos participated in a high school exchange program in San Diego, California. He gained experiences and friendships that remain with him to this day and informed his approach to coffee production. Carlos later lived and worked in New Jersey, becoming fluent in English, and also traveled to Europe to experience the continent’s history and culture. Carlos treasures these experiences abroad and his favorite aspect of working in coffee is the connections he makes with people from all over the world. He loves hosting coffee lovers from around the world and sharing his culture with his guests.
In the past, Carlos and his family produced coffee for the local coffee cooperative, for over 20 years. During the harvest of 2014-2015, the Monteros took the risk of establishing their own micromill to process the coffee they grew. This way, they could regulate their own coffee, focus on innovating processing methods, and ensure quality in each coffee bean. They transitioned to a mindset of quality over quantity, and today specialize in Honey and Natural processed coffees in addition to clean fully Washed lots.
In addition to whole coffee beans, we currently offer 4 different coffee grind levels. Listed below with descriptions.
Whole Bean: Unground coffee for a home grinder.
Coarse: Think sugar in the raw, maybe more coarse
Recommended for Chemex Brewer, French Press, Cold Brew
Medium: Slightly coarser than table salt
Recommended for Flat bottom brewers, Kalitta, and Cloth filters
Fine: Slightly finer than table salt
Recommended for V60 pour overs, Typical cone filter coffee pots, Aeropress.
Extra Fine: Like powdered sugar
Recommended for Espresso or Moka pot.
If at all possible, we recommend grinding at home. We prefer Baratza coffee grinders and offer several of their models for sale. Click here to shop for one of their brewers.
We roast and ship all of our coffees daily. Unlike many roasters, they pick a day for each varietal. We roast in small enough batches to guarantee that every bag of coffee that you order is roasted after you order it, usually the day after you order it. We then ship it that day.
We primarily use USPS priority shipping and we've found that they are more consistent on some days vs. others. Sometime we'll use Fedex 2 day when the economics of the order make sense. We like to use priority shipping which is supposed to be 2/3 day shipping to most of the country, but that doesn't always happen, in fact, our analytics show that about 10% of the time it takes 4 days or longer to receive the coffee.
That said, due to COVID-19, USPS has announced that Priority will be 3-4 days. I'm guessing that means that you'll see 5, 6 or even 7 days to get your package right now. So read below for a pricing / option change that we're making during this period.
We believe that with this schedule your coffee will be the freshest possible every time.
Also, if you order before 6am AZ on most days, we'll be able to include it in that day's production, but depending on volume it may go out the next day. We hope as we grow, we'll still be able to meet these commitments.
Coffee Order Shipping Policy:
- On coffee orders, we the lowest priced between USPS Priority & Fedex 2day. Generally it is USPS priority (3-4 days).
- Lowest priced priority shipping price is $5.00 on orders under $30
- Lowest priced priority shipping for $30 Orders is FREE
- During COVID-19, you'll have the opportunity to choose your preferred shipping method for a $3 upgrade.
Brewing Equipment Shipping Policy:
- Unless otherwise noted all items are shipped the lowest priced between USPS Priority (3-4 days) or Fedex Home Delivery (4 days).
- Priority shipping price is $5.00 on orders under $30
- FREE USPS Priority shipping price for $30 Orders
- Our shipping cut-off is about 10am. Typically, if an order comes in before that time, we ship same day. Otherwise, we ship next day.