80 Stone Coffee Roasters - Costa Rica: Don Claudio
Simone & Roberto are 2 guys I've known for quite a while. I could go into the days Simone spent training me in their cafe Chairs and Coffee for UK Cup Tasters when I first entered in 2016, or the trip I went on to El Salvador with Roberto meeting coffee producers and visiting mills. But I won't.
The important bit is that in all the time I've known them, they have had a real focus on quality.
80 Stone Coffee Roasters are a duo who are more than a little obsessed with all things coffee-related.
Simone and Roberto’s story started in London, back in the glory days of 2006, while working together in a restaurant.
But let’s go back to the beginning… Roberto grew up in his family run coffee shop in Verona, and has always been in hospitality. He also happens to be a whiz at financial management and with finely-tuned organisational skills. Roberto left London in 2008 and started running his own busy coffee & wine bar in Verona.
Simone has spent over 17 years in the coffee industry, in everything from barista training, speciality coffee roasting and coffee exporting. He even upped sticks from his London life in 2010, after finishing in 6th place at the UK Barista Championship, and moved to Guatemala to learn more tricks of the trade. He got involved with a coffee exporting company and judged barista competitions throughout Central America.
He also secured 2nd place at the Italian coffee cupping competition in 2012.
While they have different backgrounds, they make a team as balanced as their tastiest blends.
I've taken this from their site. You can read their story on how they started out here. Go on - have a read!
Choosing a coffee was hard here, as we have worked together over the last couple of years on a number of fantastic direct trade relationships. There will be more to come.
The History of Coopeagri started in the 60s. During that period the area of Perez Zeledon had terrible road infrastructure so the commercialisation of the coffee was very difficult and it was in the hands of private companies. That system didn’t help the small farmers who didn’t have the resources and the knowledge to export their products.
In November 1962 and a group of men gave birth to a cooperative organization called Coopezeledon, with 391 associated coffee producers. The board of directors was led by Claudio Gamboa, and the name of this coffee was given in his honour: Don Claudio.
Coopezeledon became Coopeagri in 1970 with the arrival of the sugar cane activity. This diversification built the basis for the development and consolidation of this cooperative.
The Don Claudio coffee is picked in the area of La Piedra De Rivas and for this particular lot only the ripe cherries are picked during the central part of the harvest. The main varieties are Caturra and Red Catuai, along with some heirloom varieties. The cherries are all processed in the Beficio Coopeagri.
The Beneficio Coopeagri processes more than half of the production of Perez Zeledon and all the beans are washed with rain water, to make the mill as environmentally friendly as possible. The Don Claudio coffee is processed in both washed and in the natural way.
Roaster - 80 Stone
Location - Croydon, South London
Coffee Origin - Costa Rica
Grower - Don Claudio, Coopeagri
Location - Perez Zeledon, Brunca Region
Process - Natural
Variety - Caturra, Red Catuai & Heirloom
Taste notes - Multilayered delicate acidity. Complex with fresh fruit notes like grape, melon, mango and a touch of green apple. Medium to low body. Smooth and coating.
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