Herbazu, owned by the Barrantes family, was a pioneer with their micromill at the beginning of the 2000s. They were selling to Starbucks back then at good prices.
Don Carlos of La Perla Del Café spun-off Herbazu, put in his own mill, and currently owns five farms. He only produces about 250 bags a year, but wanted to control his quality all the way, and also have his wife and two daughters involved in the business—hence opening his own impressive operation. He was the first to get SL-28 seeds in Costa Rica, and selflessly gave them away to his fellow producers to help everyone improve their coffee quality and be leaders in coffee innovation in the region. He will also have Geshaproduction in the coming years.
The quality in his work is impeccable, as he sees his coffee like wine. He truly only picks ripe cherry, or sangre de toro ("bull's blood") as it is called in Costa Rica, and he doesn't let anyone in his drying patio with dirty shoes. We were blown away by the attention to detail at La Perla del Cafe, and are extremely grateful for Don Carlos's partnership with Café Imports.