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24. Marsellessa - Costa Rica Espresso

Blueberry, Cane Sugar, Chocolate Fudge

For the last coffee in out journey around the world, we turn one of our oldest partners in Diego and his team at the Hacienda Sonora in Costa Rica. These kind of relationships in Costa Rica were the beginnings of our direct trade approach twenty years ago, and its fitting to end with this decadent, rich coffee of the rare Marsellessa variety.


Grown with love by great farmers. 100% arabica coffee, picked when it's ripe, processed with care, and fairly traded.


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About the Coffee

Blueberry, Cane Sugar, Chocolate Fudge

Sweetness: 5/5 Cane Sugar
Acidity: 3/5 Bright Plum
4/5 Rich and Decadent
4/5 Long and Sweet

Variety: Marsellessa
Processing: Natural
Harvesting Year: 2022
Drying Time:

Suggested brew recipe:
1:2.5 (eg 19g coffee to 47.5g espresso yield) in 30-35 seconds

About this coffee

This coffee takes its name from its variety, Marsellessa. Marsellessa is a hybrid variety in the Sarchimor family of coffees, the result of a crossing of Villa Sarchi, a mutation of Bourbon, and CLR, a rust-resistant hybrid from Timor-Leste. These roots mean Marsellessa enjoys the delicious flavour profile of Bourbon, along with excellent rust and disease resistance.

It has a really complex sweetness, with a blueberry fruitiness and a rich note of cane sugar, a bright, plum-like acidity, and a long-lasting, sweet finish that you might still be able to taste on Christmas morning.

The farm | Hacienda Sonora

Diego Guardìa's Hacienda Sonora is one of our favourite farms, and he's one of our oldest partners. Run by him and his family, who've owned the farm for generations, their entire operation is powered by renewable electricity and focuses on preserving the local ecosystem.

Long-standing partner
Diego Guardìa
Type of farm:
Family-run farm

Region, Country: Central Valley, Costa Rica
1300 masl
Soil type: Fertile soils
Fertilisation method: Organic
Shade type: Shade grown
Processing location:
On the farm
Number of varieties: Various
Harvest season:

About the farm

The Hacienda Sonora is located at the foot of the Poas volcano. The farm is about 100 hectares, with about 45 hectares devoted to coffee trees, which grow amongst the exotic trees and native vegetation on the farm. This diversity of flora ups the nutrients in the soil and helps the local ecosystem to flourish, ensuring the coffee trees are dense with cherries that taste outstanding.

This ecological approach stretches to the infrastructure on the farm, with the entire operation being powered by 100% green energy generated by a turbine in the farm's river. All the people living and working on the farm enjoy this climate neutral, cost neutral energy source, and it also powers the micro mill that can handle both the wet and dry stages of coffee processing.

Processing the coffee on the farm means each lot can be held seperate and traced throughout. This means we can enjoy a huge range of exciting lots from Hacienda Sonora. Again with an eye to the environment, all coffees are processed using natural or honey methods, which use substantially less fresh water than washed processing. Drying occurs either on raised beds or on the farm's terraces, where the beans are regularly turned to keep everything nice and even.

Espresso läuft durch Siebträger in 19grams Tasse

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