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The Gamboa family of Montes de Oro, Costa Rica rank among Stumptown's longest-standing Direct Trade partners. Within this operation there’s both deep legacy and innovation—coffee farming in the Gamboa family that dates back to the 1800s. In the early 2000s, the Gamboas were among the first in Tarrazú to install their own micro-mill on the farm.
This was part of a "micro-mill revolution" that would transform specialty coffee in Costa Rica, giving rise to a wave of producers who invested in their own post-harvest processing equipment to add value and traceability to the end product. Stumptown became Montes de Oro's first customer 2006, and they've cherished their relationship ever since.
Tasting Notes: A balanced cup featuring notes of crisp green apple, syrupy apricot, and caramel sweetness.
Since their beginnings, Stumptown has searched the world for the best coffee out there. That coffee grows in mountainous regions of the tropics — farms perched at high elevations with warm days, cool nights, and distinct rainy and dry seasons. Microclimates, soil composition, coffee cultivars, and post-harvest processing methods can each contribute distinct dimensions to the cup.
The Stumptown coffee team spends about half the year in producing countries, meeting directly with their producer partners on their farms, at their mills, and in their cupping labs.
The effort is worth it. Stumptown is not doing it the easy way by buying bulk, mid-quality beans anonymously from a trading house. Instead, they go right to the source of the best coffee — that farm atop a hill in Ethiopia, for example. They hike through fields, stand among coffee drying decks, and sit down to share a meal and talk about the crop with producers they’ve met many times.
Stumptown routinely pay producers well in excess of what they could receive on the commodity market, but they understand that their coffee demands more work — hand-picking each cherry at ideal ripeness and processing it with great attention to detail.