Hacienda Miramonte is located in the canton (“county”) of Naranjo in Costa Rica’s Central Valley. The farm was started in 1917 by the matriarch of the Gurdian family, Lucila Duval de Morales, and is now operated by her great-grandson, Ricardo Gurdian.
Steve Mangigian, partner and head roastmaster at Zingerman's Coffee Company, has developed a strong relationship with the Gurdians over the last several years that led to the development of the Zingerman's Reserve Hacienda Miramonte coffee. At the peak of the season, the most experienced coffee pickers go out into the groves to pick the ripest, most perfect cherries. After seeing harvest, Steve remarked, "Never before had I seen such uniformity in the selection and picking process."
But the selection doesn't stop there. Most of the coffee produced by Hacienda Miramonte is processed at a nearby facility, but to ensure that these ultra ripe cherries don't get mixed in with the rest of the crop these cherries are processed right on the estate. They're processed using a method called the pure honey process. In this process, after the coffee cherries are picked the skins are removed but a sticky, sugary layer surrounding the coffee bean is left on while the beans are fermented and dried. This sticky substance is technically called the mucilage, but colloquially called the honey. Leaving it intact during the fermentation creates fruity, acidic notes in the coffee. When you brew it, the flavor is marked by an incredible sweetness and juiciness.
After the coffee is processed, Steve and his crew tasted each of the individual lots of the harvest and chose the very best tasting lots to include in the Zingerman's reserve. The result is phenomenal: a coffee that has a rich, cocoa sweetness balanced with plenty of bright, fruity notes. An outstanding brew.
Tasting Notes: cocoa-like sweetness with flavors of caramel and citrus. Smooth, clean body. Superbly well balanced.
Facts: Roasted fresh by Zingerman’s Coffee Company. Shipped whole bean.