Knott Halloo Espresso 250g
Our current Knott Halloo Espresso blend comprises two components from Costa Rica and Brazil. Expect flavours of caramel and peanut, with hints of cacao nibs when drunk as an espresso.
Don Alfonso comes from the Aquiares Estate in Turrialba, Costa Rica. ‘Don Alfonso’ coffees bear the name of Don Alfonso Robelo, patriarch of one of the owning families of the estate who took over farm management in 1992 and made the social welfare of farm workers and the wider community one of his main priorities.
All Aquiares coffee is picked by hand to ensure consistent high quality. Microlots, such as this one, are picked by a special team of skilled harvesters who are paid well above the daily rate for their exceptional skill in picking the ripest cherries at each pass. Each tree is visited up to seven times during the harvest to ensure that only fully red ripe cherries are picked. The skilled hands of the pickers represent the farm’s most valuable asset.
Armando Tomizawa, owner of Fazenda Sao Bento, was born in 1952 in the city Assaí, in the north of Paraná state. From childhood he used to work on the coffee plantations together with his six siblings. However, Armando is the only one of his siblings who stayed in coffee up to the present day.
Much of the farm is planted under Red and Yellow Catuaí, and this lot hails from a section of 100% Red Catuaí trees. Annually, this part of the farm is harvested mechanically and is then dried on patios. After the coffee reaches about 12 percent humidity, it is rested for at least 30 days. Dry milling is completed at the farm and the green coffee is then transported to the exporting warehouse.
Farm: Aquiares Estate
Processing: Fully washed
Altitude: 800 to 1,400m above sea level
Farm: Fazenda Sao Bento
Varietal: Red Catuaí
Altitude: 1,100m above sea level