Helsar De Zarcero: Torrez


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An intense melon sweetness and a clean malic acidity like that of green apple are some of what we love about this year’s offering from the Torrez family.

  • Bean Details

    The Familia Torrez


    Costa Rica


    Zarcero, West Valley






    1600 - 1700 Meters


    December - March

    Tasting Notes

    Golden Raisin, Lemongrass, Black Tea

  • Farmlevel Story


    One of the original micro-mill revolutionaries, Ricardo Perez - along with his business partners, hermanos Marvin and Felipe Rodriguez - erected the famed Helsar de Zarcero, initially to mill their own farms’ coffees. It wouldn’t be long before neighboring small farmers sought out Perez’ dedication to quality and transparency. To this day, Helsar’s equipment and facility are known for processing stunning micro-lots from small farmers throughout the West Valley

    The micro-mill revolution, as we know, came to be thanks to, A) farmers’ - like Ricardo’s - drive to produce better coffee and receive better, quality-based premiums made possible only with maximum transparency; and, B) the introduction of small-scale, resource-efficient processing equipment. It’s thanks to this processing equipment - in Helsar’s case, the Colombian-made Penagos Ecopulper - that coffees can be milled using a fraction (one-sixth, to be exact) of the water the traditional wet-process demands. As such, the “white-honey” process that this lot underwent - leveraging the Penagos’ “cheese-grater” -like demucilager - results in the crisp clarity and beaming acidity found in the cup.

    This lot is comprised of the rare villalobos variety - known only to this region of Costa Rica - cultivated by the dynamic team of nine, 3rd-generation-farmer, Torrez siblings.