Costa Rican Gourmet Espresso from Cafe Britt

Costa Rican Espresso


Espresso whole bean 2lb
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Know Your Coffee

There are two main methods by which we enjoy coffee: infusion and extraction. Infusion is what occurs when you brew coffee, allowing the grounds and water to fuse together. Extraction however, is the much more scientifically delicate process of creating a coffee whose best flavors can be extracted and enjoyed in a matter of seconds.

In order to create the perfect espresso though, premium beans with specific qualities are paramount.

Using a house blend of plump, premium beans from the Central and Western Valley regions of Costa Rica, we’ve concocted a mildly acidic espresso that yields a rich and foamy crema. As our darkest roast, the flavor notes of dark chocolate are undeniable. Coupled with undertones of apple and wildflowers and aromas of fruit, lightly toasted bread, and caramel, it’s no wonder why this blend is one of our best sellers, not only in the US but also in local coffee shops around Costa Rica.

After our creation of the Costa Rican Dark and Light Roasts, we roasted a small amount of espresso to introduce to the Costa Rican public. At the time, the espresso scene was more limited to Italy and Europe and because of this, there were few coffee shops around San Jose that had a machine and could prepare an espresso. Not letting this deter us, we took it upon ourselves to teach the Costa Rican public to prepare, drink, and enjoy espresso and to this day, you will find well-known coffee shops using our espresso blend for their café drinks. We are confident the experienced and dabbling coffee drinkers alike will be pleasantly surprised at how smooth and enjoyable our espresso blend is.

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Questions Answers

An unopened bag will stay fresh for one year. Once a bag of coffee has been opened, it will stay fresh for up to 6 months if stored properly.
In the short term, keeping your coffee in its original bag, sealed tight and kept in a cool and dry place is always a best practice for coffee storage. For long term, it is possible to store your coffee in the freezer, however, once removed from the freezer, store it in airtight container in a cool and dark place.
The packaging we use for our Café Britt coffees is a durable triple-ply material that protects the coffee from sunlight and oxygen. Each bag has a one-way valve that allows gases that are produced during roasting to escape and prevents any air or oxygen from entering the bag.
Don’t worry! Your coffee is fine. What you’ve experienced are the effects of subjecting our one-way valved bags to a non-pressurized atmosphere, such as the baggage compartment of an airplane. When our bags are subjected to a low-pressure environment, the gas inside the bag expands and exits through the one-way valve. A properly functioning valve won’t let the gas re-enter and “inflate” the bag as it was before. This effect preserves the quality and freshness of the coffee. Sometimes, as the coffee continues “breathing” and expelling gases, the packages may even inflate again. But it’s perfectly fine to store your coffee in these brick-hard packages until you’re ready to use them.
Strictly Hard Bean is part of a classification system for Costa Rican coffees cultivated 1200 meters (4000 ft.) above sea level. In Costa Rica, coffee plants that grow at this altitude produce higher quality beans that have a higher density that holds in the nutrients and flavor during roasting. At Britt though, we go above and beyond just offering you Strictly Hard Beans. We have our own classification system that ensures we’re buying the highest quality strictly hard beans available.

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