El Alto: Honey Process, Costa Rica
Harvested: Winter 2018-2019
Location: Piedra del Rivas, Costa Rica
Tastes like: caramel, white peach, candy corn
Grown by: Grace Calderón Jiménez
Processing Method: White Honey
The coffees from Grace Calderón Jiménez’s El Alto first introduced us to the Los Crestones Micro Mill in Piedra del Rivas, Costa Rica. Since 2009, we’ve looked forward to Grace’s coffee every harvest, and it never disappoints.
These Caturra variety trees are grown 1885 meters above sea level on her tiny one-hectare farm. The coffee is processed in what has become the traditional manner of the Costa Rican highlands - as a "honey." Immediately after the coffee is depulped, it gets washed and scrubbed free of all remaining fruit on the parchment covered beans. The coffee is then laid out to dry at the Microbeneficio Los Crestones on raised beds that Ritual provided to the mill in 2018. The coffee, once finished in this process, is incredibly balanced and sweet.