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Our old friend Roberto Mata started a new operation with his son Michael in 2017. In less than a year, they delivered some of the best lots we have tasted from Costa Rica this season. Canteloupe | Butterscotch | Lemon Meringue
  • SKU 206004
  • Country Costa Rica
  • Region within Country Dota, Tarrazu
  • Elevation 1650 - 1950 m.a.s.l.
  • Farm M&M Pura Vida
  • Farmer / Producer Name Roberto & Michael Mata
  • Buyer J. Mlodzinski
  • Cultivar Caturra, Catuai
  • Harvest Time January - February 2018
  • In Season Yes
  • Direct Trade Yes
  • Single Origin Yes
  • USDA organic No
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Flecha Roja Costa Rica

Since its inception, our Flecha Roja single-origin offering has always come from Dota, in the heart of the Tarrazu region of Costa Rica. The area is known for its rich volcanic soil, high elevations, regular seasonal rains, warm sunny days and cool nights. These conditions, it turns out, are ideal for coffee growing, making Tarrazu the source of the best coffees Costa Rica has to offer.

This first lots in our 2018 Flecha Roja Costa Rica lineup come from Dota in Tarrazu, as usual, and were delivered by our old friend and partner Roberto Mata. But there is a slight wrinkle this year: after more than 20 years of leadership as the General Manager of the Coopedota cooperative, Roberto decided last year to go in a different direction, starting a new business with his son, Michael. They call it M&M Pura Vida: the first part of the name refers to the Mata and Montero families (Michael is also part of the Montero coffee family) and the second, of course, is Costa Rica’s unofficial national slogan. The first coffees in our 2018 Flecha Roja lineup come from this new father-and-son operation and mark an exciting new beginning for M&M Pura Vida, Intelligentsia and our Flecha Roja offering.

Roberto brought everything he learned over a coffee career that has spanned decades to the design of the M&M Pura Vida mill, where everything is planned with specific intent and executed with precise attention to detail. But Roberto and Michael aren’t merely master millers. They are farmers, first and foremost, with a track record of implementing effective agronomic practices on their farms and helping their neighbors resisting disease, optimize inputs, increase yields and ensure the longevity of coffee farms in the community.

Coffee from the farms that the Mata and Montero families own and operate, including Montes de Oro, Las Nubes, El Llano, and La Tuna, have all found their way into our Flecha Roja Costa Rica offering over the many years they were part of the Coopedota cooperative.

Now, less than than one year after making his transition, Roberto has returned to the Flecha Roja lineup with his new family business. During that time, he designed, built and put into operation a fully functioning wet mill in his backyard next to two dozen raised drying beds.

I am always amazed at the seemingly endless spring of ingenuity and energy Roberto and Michael possess. After so many years of consistent innovation and reliable delivery of high-quality coffees, I shouldn’t be be surprised by the early successes of M&M Pura Vida. Roberto isn’t. He is preternaturally humble, but hard work and success have become the standard for everything he does. He insists that everything we decide to do together is “no problem.” “It’s easy,” he likes to say. “You just do it”.

It is not easy, of course. You don’t “just do it.” It takes years of patient learning, constant studying and careful adjustment to be as successful over as long a period of time as Roberto has. We are delighted to welcome M&M Pura Vida to the Intelligentsia Direct Trade family and our perennial Flecha Roja Costa Rica offering.

Espresso

Espresso

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Turkish Grind

Turkish Grind

If you need a little bit coarser grind for your espresso machine or utilize this favorite preparation in eastern Europe.

Stovetop Espresso

Stovetop Espresso

Moka pots and stovetop espresso kettles need a very fine grind.

Cone Filter - Paper

Cone Filter - Paper

Most automatic and electric brewers utilize this grind setting.

Cone Filter - Gold

Cone Filter - Gold

Automatic brewers with reusable mesh filters, or a Kone manual brewing insert.

Universal

Universal

If you're buying for a friend, or are just not sure - this is a good grind for most drip brewers.

Technivorm

Technivorm

We found this excellent automatic brewer needed a bit coarser grind than other cone filter brewers.

Vacuum Brewer

Vacuum Brewer

For those with an electric or flame-heated vacuum brewer.

Flat Bottom - Paper

Flat Bottom - Paper

Any basket-style brewer, including automatic and Kalita wave manual brewing.

Flat Bottom - Gold

Flat Bottom - Gold

For automatic brewers with basket-style reusable filters.

French Press

Hario Dripper

Manual pourover cone brewing is a simple, no frills way of brewing.

Grind Type

French Press

A classic of immersion brewing. Select this grind for perfect classical preparation.

Chemex

Chemex

The iconic Chemex, this grind provides a perfectly paired offering for the special filters made for this brewer.

Percolator

Percolator

Our coarsest grind, this also provides a good pre-ground solution for cold brew at home.

Whole Bean

Whole Bean

For those with a grinder at home, we love freshly ground coffee! We prefer burr grinders for a more even brew.