Five years ago, our partner company in Costa Rica sought to find some of the best microlots in the Tarrazu region to create a unique and traceable blend. A group of 20 small producers with pristine farms in the small and charming community of Santa Cruz was selected to create the best representation of this special nano-region in Tarrazu. To ensure picking only the ripest cherries they choose the best days of harvest on each farm and get paid a premium for better selection. We believe this approach is allowing more complexity in the cup while rewarding the farmers that are committed to producing high quality. The cherries that are picked each day are taken to Palmichal Mill, where the coffee is carefully processed. In the cup, we find vanilla, brown sugar, and chocolate.