ACE - Cerro Buena Vista, Costa Rica
Presenting a new Ritual in coffee, made easy like Sunday morning.
A sweet, sustainably sourced single-origin coffee, designed to be brewed any way you want to!
This is the sportscar of coffee you can drive like a Volkswagen. It’s made with everyone in mind, but with a level of quality and passion that few can match.
Uncomplicated but still complex in flavor, difficult to mess up and easy to enjoy- no matter if you’re a Ritual Superfan or highly skeptical of this whole “fancy” coffee thing. Take it for a test drive!
Ace is Ritual's first true single-origin "Omni-roast."
What’s that, you ask?
Well, historically we have developed roast profiles (let’s call them recipes) for each of our individual single-origin coffees based on the brew method associated with them, with most of the coffees geared toward filter roasts in our unique, lightly roasted, “let’s not get in the way of a good green coffee” style.
This means most of our coffees are roasted specifically for drip or pour-over brewing methods- with the notable exception of our seasonal espresso blend and our “Sweet Tooth” line of single-origin espresso. These coffees are expressly earmarked and developed for espresso preparation (pressurized hot water forced through the grounds.)
Being vastly different methods to prepare coffee, we haven’t been able to offer a single farm coffee that would perform amazingly as both a filter roast and an exceptional espresso - until now.
The lighter roasting style we’re known for often requires more care and precision during the brewing process, but we also realize that not everyone always has the time for that. This offering can be trusted to perform admirably no matter the method or level of precision - whether a scale or a scoop, you really can’t lose.The current Ace offering is:
About Cerro Buena Vista:
In 2017, Ritual visited farmers we work with deep in the Río General river valley. While here, we were introduced to the Torres Valverde family, who had their own working farm and micro-mill just outside of town. It is situated on the slopes of Cerro Buena Vista, a foothill of Cerro Chirripó, Costa Rica's tallest mountain. At the time, they were just starting production; while showing much promise, there was still a lot of work to be done.
When returning in 2018, we were amazed at the progress that Carlos Luis and his wife Lica had made. Furthermore, these farmers had gone above and beyond, earning 2 stars in the coveted Ecological Blue Flag Program, which rewards accomplishments in conservation, with an emphasis on the protection of natural resources, combating climate change, and improvements in public health for the citizens of Costa Rica. In a country where 25% of the land is in protected national parks, this is an especially significant accomplishment- as is the quality of the coffee!
Harvested: Winter 2019
Location: Buena Vista de Rivas, Chirripo, Costa Rica
Tastes like: Fruit Punch, Chocolate, Brown Butter
Grown by: Lica and Carlos Luis Torres Valverde