Ricardo Perez has been a specialty coffee legend in Costa Rica since starting one of the world's best mills, Helsar de Zarcero, in 2004 during the nascent stages of the micro mill revolution.
We're proud to have worked with Ricardo and his family-owned micromill for over a decade!! The mill processes coffee from its famous farm, Santa Lucia, and partners with nearby coffee producers who need the processing infrastructure. In 2013, Ricardo worked on diversifying his coffee variety. He obtained seeds of many varieties, including Gesha, SL-28, Pacamara, Ethiopia Heirloom, and Villalobos and started a nursery. Since then, he has planted these varieties on a farm next to the original Santa Lucia. As of 2021, it began to produce. This yellow honey-processed Catuai and Caturra lot stems from that project! It is grown on Ricardo's farm, Santa Lucia and processed at his family-owned micro mill, Helsar de Zarcero.