Coffee General

Let’s talk about coffee blends

Creating coffee blends is like creating a recipe where we combine two or more coffees to strike overall balance, while at the same time producing complexity of flavors. 

We blend to create a perfect taste for a specific consumer segment, a type of brewing method (espresso, drip, aero press, french press) or a specific season (summer vs winter time).

The art of blending requires us to put a lot of attention to detail and to consider the coffee varietal, the density of the coffee beans, the country of origin, the processing method (washed, honey, natural, monsooned), the blending ratios, the roasting temperature, etc.

The first step in this process is to figure out the desired taste or the goal for the blend. This will determine the coffees we will be using and the estimated proportions.

Then, we do a sample roast of each individual coffee and cup it to evaluate the body, the aroma, the flavor, the acidity and the sweetness. It’s kind of like doing an X-ray! Different coffees have different tasting notes and performances in the cup.

Once we figure the potential of each coffee, is time to start the blending process. Imagine creating a recipe from scratch; it takes time and many trials.

We then also try the new recipes in the different brewing methods to evaluate their performance and how they are tasting on their own or combined with other ingredients like different types of milk.

Once we have found the perfect blend we bring it to you to enjoy and savor that new creation.

We hope this gives you some insights into the art of coffee blending and will spark your curiosity.

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Coffee General

Celebrating International Women’s Month

Celebrating the trailblazers, the fighters, the loving, the nurturing, the teachers, the activists, the humorous, the rebels, and all women around the world.

As much as we make progress, there is still disparity and barriers that need to fall for women to be fully accepted and valued. This is a conscious and constant work that requires our full participation. 

The coffee world is one of those industries where still a lot needs to be done, to change the unconscious bias against women. This is the reason why we have created a coffee set to share more about women leaving their mark in the coffee industry.

We also will donate part of the profits to the International Women In Coffee Alliance. This is a non-profit that empowers women in the international coffee community to achieve meaningful and sustainable lives; and to encourage and recognize the participation of women in all aspects of the coffee industry.

My ask to you is, that you keep sharing with your network about the work we do to increase our purchases from women farmers. That you share about the invaluable work these women are doing at origin, and last but not least, share the choices they are making by dedicating their lives to learn, work and protect the legacy of their families.

Tag us on your post in social media with @ticoroasters #ChooseToChallenge to celebrate International Women Month!

Tico Roasters App users get early access!!

Starting today all our app users will have the opportunity to purchase the International Women’s Month coffee set FIRST.

The general public can purchase the set starting on Wednesday March 3rd, 2021.

With the app you will get early access to new product releases, special app only promotions and be the first to know about the latest news, new releases and tips about coffee and tea. You can download it on the Apple App Store and the Google PlayStore, just search for Tico Coffee Roasters and let the magic happen.

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This coffee set is a tribute to women. You will find two coffees from Costa Rica and one from Mexico.

Finca San Luis is a fully washed coffee from the famous Tarrazu region in Costa Rica, produced by Daniela Gutierrez and her family. 

Helsar Santa Lucia Patio Helsar comes from the West Valley region in Costa Rica. Produced by Mariana Perez and her family. This is an impressive natural coffee.

Bella Vista Mayan Women comes from highlands of Chiapas, Mexico. Produced by a group of over 70 indigenous women farmers, exported and distributed by Rosalba Cifuentes of Mayan Harvest. 

Did you know that Tico Coffee Roasters is a woman owned business?

If we haven’t met yet, my name is Mariana 🙂 I was born in the coffee lands in Costa Rica. I grew up smelling the scent of the coffee flowers that bloomed with the first rain in April and the sweet aroma of the picked coffee cherries during the harvest season that started around November every year.

That beautiful landscape and the freedom we all had, the friendships, sharing amongst family and neighbors. Eating lunch under a tree in the farm while telling jokes, and sharing that anticipated cup of coffee in the afternoon; are memories that will forever live in my mind and my heart.

This is what Tico Coffee Roasters is about. The unique experience that empowers, protects and nourishes lives from farm to cup.


Costa Rica Finca San Luis

We are super excited to bring back Finca San Luis from our good friend Daniela Gutierrez in Tarrazu, Costa Rica. Despite all the challenges with COVID-19, we were able to secure this lot thanks to our relationship with Daniela. And we have to say this years harvest is just amazing! It exceeded all our expectations and we hope you will love it as much as we do!

Finca San Luis and the La Montaña de Tarrazu Micromill is a family business, overseen by two sisters, Daniela and Tatiana Gutierrez, having taken over day-to-day operations from their father, Jorge.

Daniela handles day-to-day operations and is passionate about specialty coffee. She has learned about barista skills as well as roasting, and enjoys drinking the coffees that La Montaña produces. The sisters’ father is still involved in the farm, but the sisters are working in the commercialization of the coffee.


Why you should choose Water Processed Decaf

Millions of Americans drink decaf coffee to satisfy their desire for coffee without the jitter of caffeine. But is decaffeinated coffee really free of caffeine, and why do some of them taste boring or even flat? And what about chemical residue in decaffeinated coffee?

Here is the truth about decaffeination. FDA regulations specify that for coffee to bear a decaffeinated label, 97 percent of the original caffeine must be removed from the beans. The coffee we use here at Tico Coffee Roasters is actually decaffeinated to European Standards which requires 99% caffeine removal.


Coffee talk with the coffee producers from Bella Vista Mayan Women in Chiapas, Mexico

Our shipment of the new harvest from Bella Vista Mayan Women from Chiapas just arrived here in the Bay Area!! We had the amazing opportunity to talk with Rosalba and the women producers recently and have recorded it for all who have missed it. Hear their thoughts and dreams; and everything they are doing to grow the coffee you have been enjoying or ig you have never tried it hopefully will enjoy soon!


El Chorreador – Costa Rican Coffee Maker

Did you ever wonder how Costa Rican’s make their coffee at home? They are using the traditional Costa Rican Coffee Maker called El Chorreador.

Making coffee the traditional Costa Rican way is easy and creates a delicious cup. See how to use the Chorreador to make a great cup of coffee in just a few minutes. The video is in English and Spanish.

Let us know in the comment section below if you have ever had coffee made in an Chorreador and how you liked it. Maybe you even have one at home and enjoy a fresh brewed cup right now?


Female perspective of the coffee sector in Costa Rica – Expectations amid COVID-19

Join us on Tuesday May 5 at 10 am PST on Facebook Live. Hear from female Costa Rican farmers about the current situation in the coffee sector in Costa Rica and how they are responding and preparing for what its to come amid COVID-19.

Female perspective of the coffee sector in Costa Rica - Expectations amid COVID-19

We will make a replay available on this page after the webinar if you cannot join us live.


Repurposing Coffee Ground and How to Compost at Home

Listen to a summary of a discussion that our CEO Mariana Faerron had with Rosa Maria from Veggielution in San Jose, CA about how to compost at home and repurpose your coffee grounds.

We will have some tips and tricks for you on how you can do your part to help to save the planet.


No more bad coffee at your office!

We know that it is a challenge to have great coffee at the workplace but we have set out to change that. And we have a solution for you with our office subscription.

Introducing the Tico Coffee Roasters Office Subscription Program

Our Office Coffee Subscription offers you our hand selected coffee blends shipped freshly roasted directly to your workplace, so you can enjoy them every single day while at work.
For the Office Coffee Subscription, we specially select and hand craft exceptional coffees. We roast fresh to order and the coffee will then be on its way to your office the very next day.


Peru Finca Rayo el Sol

Roxana Rangel Granda owns Finca Rayo el Sol in the Cajamarca region of Peru. Her farm has been cultivated since 2013, thanks to the support of her family she has been able to dedicate herself to specialty coffee and always achieves the best cupping scores in Peru.


2018 Good Food Awards Finalist – Ethiopia Gedeb Gotiti

We are humbled and honored to be selected as a 2018 Good Food Awards Finalist with our Ethiopia Gedeb Gotiti coffee. We are excited that out of 2057 entries our organic coffee was chosen as one of the top 24 coffees in the entire United States.


What is the Cup of Excellence and why do we support it?

What is the Cup of Excellence (CoE) is a common question that we get asked all the time from our customers. People want to know, why we care about the CoE. Why do we support it? Well it is very easy. It matches perfectly to our philosophy, to our values and to our vision and mission.

So what is the Cup of Excellence?

The Cup of Excellence is a yearly competition that is held in various countries around the world to find and award the best coffees produced in those countries. It is organized by a non profit organization called the Alliance for Coffee Excellence and started in 1999 with the first competition in Brazil.