Though versatile enough for a drip brewer, this year’s Sumava was destined for the espresso machine. We found when pulled as a shot, an irresistible array of creamy and caramelized sugary flavors emerged that rivals your aunt’s chocolate toffee cake that she only cooks for you on your birthday. In only his second year of cultivation, Francisco Mena continues to produce coffee that we are proud to roast and serve alongside only six other roasters in the world.
Lourdes de Naranjo, West Valley
1670 - 1780 Meters
January - April
Toffee, Cantaloupe, Custard
Two years ago, esteemed exporter Francisco Mena purchased Sumava de Lourdes in the Lourdes de Naranjo micro-region of Costa Rica’s West Valley. Responsible for nearly 25% of Costa Rica’s coffee production, the West Valley is characterized by slightly lower altitudes and drier climates than the neighboring Tarrazu region. All that doesn’t stop the West Vallley from maintaining a formidable track record in the Cup of Excellence, year after year.
On the west hillsides of the behemoth Poas volcano, mineral-rich soil in this region is a copper hue with a powdery composition. Tall cypress trees create a cross-hatch of windbreaks and separate the different plots where Francisco intends to cultivate varieties such as SL-28 and Villasarchi. We’re excited to be among the seven roasters featuring coffee from Sumava de Lourdes’ second year of production and look forward to continued greatness in years to come.
We believe the coffee experience is our responsibility from seed to cup. Coffee is our craft, our ritual, our passion. It drives us and inspires us. With this simple truth and responsibility we are bridging the gap from farmlevel to streetlevel. We are verve. Made in santa cruz.