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La Joya - Coffee


Product Description

La Joya - Coffee

Dark Chocolate + Butterscotch + Round + Spicy + Lingering 

12 oz (340 g) whole bean coffee

Coffee Info

  • Country: Costa Rica 
  • Region: Llano Bonito de Leon Cortes, Tarrazu 
  • Farmers: Edwin Alvarado & Family 
  • Elevation: 1,750 meters above sea level 
  • Varietal: Caturra
  • Processing: Fully washed, sun dried on African beds




“Our coffee is different from others in the area because of the way we know the climate and how we maintain our plants and equipment. We dedicate time to work the land to ensure soil nutrition, giving us good crops. Personal satisfaction and fair pricing is what motivates us to produce the quality we do. With our knowledge we are training other producers to improve their farms to get better results in quality and profit” – Kenneth Alfredo Alvarado

We discovered this small, family operation high in the mountains of the Tarrazu region when Poul Mark, Transcend’s Founder, visited the area in November of 2010. Edwin Alvarado and his family live in the small town of Leon Cortes where they cultivate coffee and operate a family owned mill named La Joya which translates into English as "the jewel." As their mill is located in the town, the Alvarado family has become an integral partner for other producers in the area looking to have their cherries locally processed.

The Alvarado family has been working with coffee for decades. Edwin has nearly 40 years of experience and their skill can be seen how their farm and equipment are meticulously maintained. Harvesting is also a family affair, Edwin, his two sons and their family work together to pick cherries at optimal ripeness. Cherries are carefully sorted prior to washed processing and are then dried in the sun.


Green coffee drying on raised beds.


Transcend's Josh Hockin (second from right) with the Alvarado family, spring 2014.  


3 Generations of the Alvarado family with Green Buyer, Josh Hockin, and our friends from Cafe Rosso, spring 2015.


View from the La Joya Mill.


The gorgeous view from the La Joya farm.



Ripe coffee cherries collected after harvest.  


Green coffee, in parchment, ready to be prepped for export. 

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  1. one of the best tasting coffees Review Rating

    Posted by Larry Smith on 25th Dec 2015

    We had a cup and we were amazed ...got to order more of this stuff ...I mean Wow ,this is great coffee.!!

  2. La Joya Review Rating

    Posted by Marie Drolet on 1st Nov 2014

    Ce café porte si bien son nom...
    C'est définitivement mon préféré de la selection pour les méthodes d'extration douces.

    Très bel équilibre, ni trop acide, ni trop amer; un vrai régal!

  3. Favourite so far.... Review Rating

    Posted by Unknown on 31st Aug 2013

    This has been my favourite coffee to date. No bitterness, easy drinking, perfect start to the morning.

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