Costa Rica Helsar -Miguel Rojas

Costa Rica Helsar -Miguel Rojas

Farm Description

This is a separated lot from Miguel Rojas, who's coffee was bought and processed at the Helsar de Zarcero micromill. It stood out on a table of coffees cupped while in Costa Rica as having the balance we look for from a clean example for the region. The Helsar mill was one of the first in the region to break up lots by individual producer instead of bulking coffees together. The coffee quality is due in part to the excellent processing methods at this mill and the manager, Ricardo Perez. Each year they make improvements, recently adding new dry milling equipment and warehouse space for improved storage of coffee in the resting phase (reposo). Helsar uses forced demucilage equipment to machine-wash their coffee, an efficient method with low environmental impact that has similar outcomes to traditional wet-fermentation processing. As for the farm, the vast majority of Miguel's finca is planted in Caturra cultivar, and this is a separation of solely this cultivar.

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

The dry fragrance of Miguel Rojas shows a fair amount of cinnamon spice accenting the ground coffee, along with raw molasses type sugars, and subtle fruited tones. In the aroma of City+ roasts, a toasted almond note is released when breaking through the wet crust, along with a mix of milk chocolate and dried fruit. Brewed coffee in this middle roast level shows elevated caramel and molasses sugar notes, a toffee nut accent, as well as dried fruits like raisin and green apple. The latter is most present when the cup cools in temp a bit, and an apple-like acidity also comes into play. There's a malty flavor that comes up in City+ and Full City roasts, nd a pleasant cinnamon-stick hint rounds out a bittersweet chocolate feature in the finish. Miguel Rojas' coffee is once again a balanced brew at a fairly wide roast range, and a more than suitable option for single origin, Costa Rican, espresso.

November 2017 Arrival



Lot Size

45 x 46 kg bags

Roast Recommendations

City+ to Full City+


Wet Process



Grade & Appearance

SHB; .2 d/300gr, 16-18 Screen


Shipped to us in GrainPro
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Available in 50 pound GrainPro packages for $237.50 ($4.75/pound) and in 100 pound GrainPro packages for $460.00 ($4.60/pound). Note that 100 pound bags must ship freight. Also available as a 300g sample.
Sampling FAQs

Caturra shrub coming into the harvest

The drying process often starts on the patio and then finished in raised beds -Helsar micro mill

At the Helsar weigh station

The Costa Rican "white honey", essentially fully washed in that the demicilage machine is adjusted to remove near all fruit

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