Pre-Order: Costa Rica Finca el Fuerte - Microlot Series 8 oz

The first ever entry into Propeller Coffee's Microlot SeriesCosta Rica Finca el Fuerte 8 oz
The first ever entry into Propeller Coffee's Microlot SeriesCosta Rica Finca el Fuerte 8 oz
Propeller green-buyer and co-owner Geoff (right) visited Finca el Fuerte in 2015 and met Gilbert (left) and Steven Vargas (right) - the 4th and 5th generations of coffee farmers in the family.Geoff with Gilbert and Steven Vargas
This is Steven Vargas, the owner of Finca el Fuerte and a 5th generation coffee farmer.Steven Vargas
Steven Vargas shows off a sample of the dried cherries - the coffee beans still inside - from the patio of his farm: Finca el FuerteDried Coffee Cherries at Finca el Fuerte




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Next Scheduled Roast Date: November 28th

Producer: Steven Vargas
Origin: Costa Rica
Region: Central Valley
Altitude: 1300-1600 meters
Varietal: Caturra & Catuai
Process: Natural

Flavor Notes: Tropical fruit, citrus & strawberry jam

Steven Vargas is so obsessed with quality that he built his own micro mill in his backyard that is capable of processing up to 2 containers of coffee per year (75,000 lbs). He also stores much of his coffee in his house as you can see from these photos. 

Steven is a 5th generation coffee farmer and continues to work with his father Gilbert Vargas (pictured above). They are exceptionally passionate coffee producers who continue to produce new and better coffees year after year.  

This is the third year in a row we have purchased coffee from Steven & the first year we have purchased El Fuerte.  This coffee was cupped alongside several other micro lots from the region and 2 others from Steven & stood out on the table as the best coffee. We made the decision to book this coffee immediately following this cupping. 

Steven believes the growing conditions in the central valley are superior to those anywhere else in the country.  Rich volcanic soils from nearby active volcanoes (Poas & Baraba) contribute to the complex acidity & flavour in his coffees. Between our first visit in 2015 & when we returned in 2017 Steven has replaced much of the catimor varietal with SL28 & Catuai & has plans to start planting Geisha.