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Finca Telia – Herbazú
Toño Barrantes

Quince jelly, sugared apple, tangy acidity, juicy body, light to medium roast

Herbazú was at the forefront of the micro-mill revolution in Costa Rica during the early 2000s. Dissatisfied with the low prices at that time, José Antonio Barrantes Zuñiga (Toño) and his brothers and sisters established the Herbazú mill. Processing their own coffee helped them to achieve higher prices by selling directly to the exporters and coffee buyers. The alternative at the time was to sell to local cooperatives where their coffee was mixed with others and traceability back to their farms and therefore premiums associated with their higher quality was lost. This lot is from Finca Telia - one of the more recently planted farms in Herbazú group. The Barrantes siblings continue to innovate in the industry in Costa Rica; they are one of the first mills to actively distinguish grades of mechanical washed (white to red honey) processing, and in the last few years they have been planting cultivars new to Costa Rica. They now have 12 different cultivars on the farms and are vigilant at keeping the different harvests separate during picking and processing. This year Toño has is planting 8000 plants of a new hybrid varietal to trial for the next few years. The established cultivars are struggling with the changes in micro-climate, and it is hoped the new hybrid will cope better with the changes in weather pattern. Over the last few years, the dry season has extended, and the rainy season has brought too much rain so this new hybrid will be an important step in coffee production at Herbazú. It is difficult to overestimate the impact the Barrantes family has had on coffee growing and processing in Costa Rica and other countries. They have developed Herbazú into a model farm and micro-beneficio and their advice and expertise is highly appreciated and respected in the industry.