Costa Rica: ARBAR, El Manantial

ARBAR Micromill

  • Flavour profile Raspberry, lime, toffee
  • Process White Honey
  • Varietal Mixed
  • Roast Medium


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  • The ARBAR micromill is located in the Western Valley region near to the town of Lourdes de Naranjo. It's located at 1,600 meters above sea level and processes mostly Caturra, Catuai + a tiny bit of Villa Sarchi, there are also plans to plant some small micro-lots too in the future.

    This coffee comes from a farm called El Manantial which is one of four farms in the surrounding area run by Carlos Arrieta and his family. The other three are La Casa, La Isla, and El Oasis.

    A zingy start of fresh raspberries and lime slips into sweet frangipane. As it cools a little the full and silky body adds to a smooth toffee sweetness for a deliciously balanced and complex cup.

    • Country: Costa Rica
    • Region: Western Valley
    • Area: Lourdes de Naranjo
    • Producer: Carlos Arrieta
    • Farm: El Manantial
    • Micromill: ARBAR
    • Elevation: 1,600 m.a.s.l.
    • Varieties: Villa Sarchi, Caturra & Catuai
    • Process: Yellow Honey
  • Tasting Notes: Raspberry, lime, toffee.

    Cup of Excellence Cupping Scores

    • Clean cup: (1–8): 6.5
    • Sweetness: (1–8): 6.5
    • Acidity: (1–8): 7
    • Mouthfeel: (1–8): 6.5
    • Flavour: (1–8): 6.5
    • Aftertaste: (1–8): 6.5
    • Balance: (1–8): 6
    • Overall: (1–8): 6.5
    • Correction:(+36): +36
    • Total: (max. 100): 87.5

    Roasting Information
    Medium-dark - Keeping a steady pace, you want to go through first crack and into the gap, but not into second. Keep this light enough to let the fruit acidity and sweetness shine through.

  • If you place an order before 07:30, it will be roasted and dispatched that day. If you order after 07:30, it will carry over to the following working day for roasting.

    We offer free UK mainland delivery on all orders over £50.00. One bag sent with First Class postage will cost £3.50, and one bag sent with Second Class postage will cost £2.00. DPD next working day delivery is available for a flat rate of £7.00 for all orders up to 10kg.

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ARBAR Micromill

The ARBAR micromill is owned by the Arrieta Barboza family. That includes Carlos and Maria, and their children Yessica, Karen, Esteban and Jose Ignacio. Their house is right next to their micromill, which is laid out immaculately.

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