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Santa Rosa  La Lia Petite - Costa Rica
Santa Rosa  La Lia Petite - Costa Rica
Santa Rosa  La Lia Petite - Costa Rica
Santa Rosa  La Lia Petite - Costa Rica

Transcend Coffee & Roastery

Santa Rosa La Lia Petite - Costa Rica


Red Apple | Raspberry | Butterscotch 


  • Country: Costa Rica
  • Region: Leon Cortez, Tarrazu
  • Producer: Luis Alberto Monge
  • Elevation: 2,000 meters above sea level
  • Processing: Honey processed and dried on African beds 

We met Luis Alberto at the cupping table in Exclusive Coffee’s lab. It’s pretty rare to see a coffee farmer cupping coffee, but he travels into San José every week during harvest to deliver samples and cup his coffees. The first coffee of his that we tasted was his petite beans, which we’ve now bought every year since 2012. Every year, we go back and taste more and more of his coffees with him and his commitment to continuous improvement has never wavered. He’s begun introducing new varieties to his farms, he’s now experimenting with new processing methods, and his mill continues to be impeccably well cared for. We’re excited to bring this coffee back for another year, and we can’t wait to see what he does next year too!

About the petite beans:
After coffee cherries are processed and dried, the seeds still need to be dry-milled before they’re ready to be exported. Dry-milling is the process of removing the protective parchment, as well as sorting the seeds by density and by size. The petite beans we buy from Luis Alberto are classified as below Size 14 (below 14/64 inches in diameter). As each lot is milled, the small beans that are leftover are sorted separately before being blended with other small beans for other lots. This means that any number of varieties end up in this petite bean blend, and the flavours are always complex and exciting.

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