Cristian & Greivan Salazar
|Los Cipreses, Valle Occidental, Costa Rica|
|Red Apple, Wildflower Honey, Juicy & Clean|
|Planting Costa Rica|
In March I was lucky enough to visit Cristian and have a tour of Los Cipreses, the farms and micromill run by him and his brother Greivan. It was the very first coffee farm I have ever visited, so you can imagine how magical this was! I was lucky enough to see the exact trees this coffee came from and eat a ripe coffee cherry from one of them. It was a huge eye opener and showed the masterful work that Cristian is doing with his honey processes. This coffee tastes every bit as clean, juicy and vibrant as the cherries fresh from the tree.
We are now buying everything these trees produce from now on, meaning this coffee is exclusive to us. Last year it was only 90kg and I've already roasted half of it, so be fast! The new harvest has yielded around 250kg and will be with us later this year!
Thank you Cristian and Greivan for producing the prettiest coffee I have had the pleasure and honour to roast!
Want us to grind your coffee?
We sell all our coffee as whole beans to preserve their freshness and to allow you to grind the coffee to suit your preferred brew method.
However, if you'd like to request that your beans are ground before we ship them to you, please add a comment on the checkout specifying the brew method that the beans should be ground for.
- Filter Machine
- Espresso Machine
- French Press
How We Buy Our Coffees
Raw Material are a Community Interest Company based in the UK, meaning that 100% of profits are put to work to create economic freedom for those coffee producers who are most marginalised. Driven by social objectives, the guys at Raw Material are set on bringing real change to the people who matter most! All of our coffees from Rwanda, Burundi, Timor-Leste, Colombia and Mexico are bought through Raw Material because they don't just do great social work, they also have some of the most delicious coffees out there!!!
Trabocca are an import company based in Amsterdam, who have been working in Ethiopia for 20+ years. In that time, they have helped to rejuvenate a number of defunct washing stations, led social initiatives and built modern schools, community centres and amenities to improve living conditions for coffee growing communities. They then used this experience to branch out to other origins, including Peru, Colombia, Brazil, Kenya and Indonesia. We love the amount of information that's available at every stage of the supply chain from Trabocca and the brilliant resources that they have available to roasters too. All of our Ethiopian and some of our Kenyan coffees are bought through Trabocca.
Nico from Planting Costa Rica actually used to be a barista at Café Blá! Now he's importing amazing coffees from his native Costa Rica. Through his successful 2017 crowdfunding campaign, he was able to start addressing the socio-economic gap, helping small producers wanting to move into speciality growing and processing practises modernise and improve quality. We have been following the progress from the beginning, buying lots from El Bueyerito every year. The progress made in terms of quality has been amazing! Now with a wide and exciting range of partner farms, we are really excited to continue buying our Costa Rican lots from Nico. In March '23 I was lucky enough to be able to go to Costa Rica with Nico and Fatima and meet all of the producers we have been buying from and more! Costa Rica is a wonderful and green country, with a lot of positive green initiatives and government agencies helping keep the coffee trade fair for those who are most important, namely the farmers.
What does "Powered by Vits.coffee" mean?
Café Blá is owned by Jacob Henry-Foord and Alexander Vits. Jacob is head roaster for Vits der Kaffee, Alex's roastery and café.
When Stephanie made the decision to sell Café Blá, for whom we have been roasting the coffee since its opening in 2016, I (Jacob) approached Alex with the idea of taking on the café as a joint venture, specifically with the idea of moving the Vits third wave coffee selection over to the Blá brand, thus creating a new sub-brand from Vits.
So as not to confuse the loyal Vits customers, we decided to add the tagline "Powered by Vits.coffee," seeing as the coffees are roasted in the Vits roastery by the Vits head-roaster, who also just happens to be co-owner and CEO of Café Blá.
Confused? We hope not!
Put in short: Café Blá coffee is sourced and roasted by Jacob in the Vits roastery.