Santa Lucia - Costa Rica
Stone Fruit | Toffee | Apple | Syrupy | Sweet | Lingering
Recommended Starting Parameters: Input: 19g Shot Length: 35-37 seconds Output: 40g
*note above parameters were created using an 18g VST basket on an espresso machine set to 8.5 bars of pressure
Whole bean coffee. Choose size above.
- Country: Costa Rica
- Region: Naranjo
- Farmer: Ricardo Perez Barrantes
- Elevation: 1,750 meters above sea level
- Processing: White honey, dried on raised beds
- Varietals: Typica, Villalobos, Caturra
To us at Transcend, Santa Lucia is a gem of a coffee. Not only because the coffee is exceptionally delicious year after year, or because the area surrounding the farm is stunning, but because the people behind it are some of the most genuinely passionate and progressive we’ve met in coffee.
Ricardo Perez Barrantes started growing coffee here in 1986 with a commitment to environmentally sustainable production. He was among the first in the West Valley to start his own micro-mill, and see the potential to include coffee growers from his surrounding community. Being the progressive growers that they are, Ricardo’s daughter Mariana visited Canada to learn about coffee roasting and espresso making with a desire to better understand how Santa Lucia is perceived by Canadian consumers. This means that between growing and roasting this coffee has gotten better every year we’ve bought from them.
This year, we’ve split our purchase from Santa Lucia into two lots. This particular offering is a red honey process, meaning that after depulping, most of the sticky mucilage is left on the outside of the coffee as it dries. If the temperature during the initial drying is high (over 30 degrees Celsius), the mucilage turns red, which gives this process its name. We chose to label this as an espresso because of its heavy body and deep sweetness.
Ricardo Perez and his daughter Mariana at the Helsar micro-mill, 2014 sourcing trip.
Josh tries his hand at harvesting coffee cherries, 2014 sourcing trip.
Ricardo inspects coffee leaf rust damage on the Santa Lucia farm, 2014 sourcing trip.
Our coffee, from Santa Lucia, drying on raised beds on Ricardo's father's farm in Sarchi, 2014 sourcing trip.
Ricardo and Mariana inspecting coffee for quality, 2014 sourcing trip
Bitter and sour
Posted by Unknown on 25th Feb 2018
Tried many different grind levels and tamp oressure. It just comes out as sour as rotten milk.
Delight your tastebuds
Posted by Gerald on 19th Jan 2017
I recently ran out of this coffee and went back to another type I used to drink. What a disappointment the old coffee was. The Santa Lucia has a bright flavour with a gentle complexity that leaves you with an anticipation for the next sip. It's so enjoyable, you don't need to drink large amounts to be satisfied.
Posted by Stephen on 12th Oct 2016
My first brew with this coffee yielded an intensely fruity flavour and I was actually taken aback, as I wasn't expecting it! As others have mentioned, the coffee is exactly as described and I would recommend it to any coffee lover.
Posted by Graydon on 25th Feb 2016
This coffee is hands down the best Central American coffee I've had. It was bright, fruity, with an amazing velvety mouth feel. Will definitely buying this again. Amazing!
Wonderful coffee, light to medium roast but complex flavours
Posted by Dan on 3rd Feb 2015
I have converted all my coffee drinking to Santa Lucia.
The best way to describe Santa Lucia is the "shape" it draws on the tongue. Really hits my tongue as a "U" along the back and sides. Nice complex sweetness mixed with just the right acidic finish.
A delicious cup of joe!
Posted by Unknown on 15th Jan 2015
I found it surprising light with a nutty finish. Excellent flavour! Definitely a must try.
Posted by frank on 16th Dec 2014
Great coffee, nice balanced finish, could drink this coffee all day!
exactly as promised
Posted by Unknown on 14th Nov 2014
Santa Lucia totally delivers the taste and aroma mentioned on Transcend's website. A beautiful start to the morning that has greatly impressed me and my coffee companion.
a little pricey but worth it
Posted by Rose on 30th Sep 2014
Delicious-great brewed in the technivorm also very nice mixed 50/50 with transcend decaf