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Imperio Whole Bean
Imperio Whole Bean with tasting notes
Imperio Farmlevel Photography
Imperio Farmlevel Photography




Imperio Rojo Anaerobic Natural Farmelvel Reserve


  • Roast Level



    Light roast
  • Origins
    Costa Rica


Behind the cup

Nostalgically sweet notes of apple juice and concord grape set the stage for this Costa Rican anaerobic natural, with sparkling notes of melon rounding out each sip. Each bag contains 150 grams of whole bean coffee.


Each coffee is roasted to order. Orders ship in 1-2 business days.



Imperio Photography

Eponymous home to the tallest mountain in Costa Rica, Chirripo is historically not a specialty coffee-growing region. This territory is one of the least traveled coffee sectors in Costa Rica due to its rocky slopes and secluded feel. 

Jose Eladio Alvarado Abarca inherited his 19-hectare farm, El Higueron, from his grandfather in 2010, just in time for Costa Rica’s micro-mill revolution. Jose began seeing coffee prices drop so low that he could no longer appropriately tend to his farm and meet the growing demand for higher quality. By 2015 Jose and his wife Annie opened their mill, Imperio Rojo, an investment that brought down their cost of production. Milling their own coffee allowed them to divert their resources into tending the farm and meeting the growing demand for higher quality coffee. After gaining more and more profit, they could invest in a dry mill and raised beds. 

Jose has been a long-time Farmlevel partner, and we’ve historically bought his washed coffee every year. This lot was his first natural experiment, and we were lucky enough to buy the very small volume that he produced. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Brewing Suggestions

All of our coffees can be brewed in various ways, designed for your perfect morning. These recipes are our favorite ways to highlight Imperio Rojo. Your brewing adventure starts here.

Verve's Coffee Department


  • Coffee 25 g
  • Grind Med
  • Water 375 g
  • Ratio 1:15
  • Time 3:30


  • Coffee 22 g
  • Grind Med
  • Water 352 g
  • Ratio 1:16
  • Time 3:00


  • Coffee 15 g
  • Grind Med
  • Water 225 g
  • Ratio 1:15
  • Time 3:00