This week welcome to Costa Rica!

Micro-Beneficio Granitos de Altura del Ortiz is in Santa María de Dota, a small town in the Tarrazú region of the San José province of Costa Rica.

The mill has been managed and run for the last 10 years by two sisters, Joyce and Johana Calderón. Johana was at the helm for 9 years, but as she's just had a baby, she handed over the reins to younger sister Joyce who's been in charge for the last year.

Joyce is very focused on the quality of the coffee Granitos produces and isn't interested in increasing the overall volume. Quality is more important than quantity, and while they're constantly looking to improve the quality of their coffee, they are looking to produce less.

When speaking to Joyce about what she loves about coffee, she told us that it's about connections and relationships with other people. When the harvest is in full swing, the days are long, and the workloads are heavy, it can be easy to feel tired, but Joyce and her team are energised by people visiting, sharing their time, and connecting over coffee.

  • Region: Tarrazú
  • Farm/Mill: Micro-Beneficio Granitos de Altura del Ortiz
  • Variety: Catuai
  • Process: Honey
  • Altitude: 1700-2000 masl
  • Harvest date: February 2022
  • Roast Date: June 2023