In the beginning of the 60’s, the International Coffee Organization (ICO) established an identity code for each exporting country that, followed by the exporters code and the loading/shipping number, is stamped since then in each bag of coffee. As a small tribute to the history of the bag of coffee, Cafés El Magnífico wants to contribute perpetuating this traditional numeration.
Exemplary Coffee
Finca Malen - Cafetalera Herbazú
Marlen Barrantes Zuñiga
Western Valley
Lourdes de Cirri de Naranjo.
1.600 masl
Rwanda Bourbon
1,12 €. / cup


From 17,50 to 140,00

Do you know what it costs you a quality coffee prepared at home?
Using 8 grs. (customary measure) drink a cup of this extraordinary coffee for 1,12 €.
La Cafetalera Herbazú from the Barrantes Zúñiga family is amongst the most innovative coffee production companies in Costa Rica. Herbazú is the acronym of Hermanos Barrantes Zúñiga. After decades of producing coffee in the conventional manner, they spearheaded the micromill revolution in the country in 2001 and have been taking specialty coffee production to new levels since then.

Cafetalera Herbazú consists of a few farms managed by different members of the family. They are also recognized for their wide range of experiments on exotic varieties and different coffee processing techniques. The family has already pocketed innumerable awards of the Cup of Excellence since the contest took off in Costa Rica in 2007. In the 2017 competition, the family was classified no less than five times in the international selection. The Herbazú varieties always reach high cup scores and with their Typicas and SL28 Kenyans they have already won the hearts of many.

This coffee was produced on Marlen Barrantes Zuniga’s farm, hence the name: Finca Marlen. She recently acquired her own farm after a couple of years of building experience with her sisters on the El Higueron farm of the Herbazu group. The farm is located at 1.600 meters above sea level. The coffee is semi-washed, sitting somewhere between washed and honey processing.

About the varietal
The Rwanda Bourbon is one of the varieties recently acquired in the Herbazú Coffee Plantation. In the different farms they have a wide variety of cultivars such as the SL28 and the Ethiopian Typica.
After the harvest, the cherries are taken to the wetmill, passing through a depulper to eliminate most of their skin and pulp layer. But in the Honey process (Semi Washed) the cherry is pulped and taken to be dried without extracting its mucilage (a very sweet jelly layer, hence the name Honey). The mucilage-soaked grains are then sun-dried on raised beds.

Costa Rica has coined the term "Honey Process" for its version of the natural pulped coffees. Honey coffees are coffees dried with all or part of its sugary mucilage that still remains in the parchment. The result is an intensely sweet and slightly fruity cup. This cup profile is halfway between a washed and the natural coffees. Costa Rican producers have pushed the limits and truly refined this process as perhaps no other country.
Roasting date: 17-12-2018 - Reservations are allowed.

Lychee fragrance, stone fruit and a slight smell of natural process. Very clean body with a taste of red fruits, raisins and spicy aftertaste.

The coffee plantations of the West Valley that produce perhaps the finest coffees in the country, are at an altitude range between 1.200 and 1.700 meters above sea level and is one of the newest producing areas of Costa Rica. This region is responsible for an extremely high percentage of winners of the Cup of Excellence due to the excellent work of several micro mills. It produces almost 25% of the total coffee production in the country where the Villalobos and Villa Sarchí varieties are the most common.