A cup of the Costa Rica La Alquimia SL-28 surrounded by strawberry, wafer, and green apple

Costa Rica La Alquimia SL-28 Yellow Honey Gold Label

strawberry • wafer • green apple
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Grind Levels Explained

Proper coffee extraction is critical for achieving that perfect cup at home. Grind size is one of the few ways to be able to directly affect that extraction rate.

In addition to whole coffee beans, we currently offer 3 different coffee grind levels:

Coarse (Think sugar in the raw, maybe more coarse)
Recommended for

  • Chemex Brewer
  • French Press
  • Cold Brew

Medium (Slightly coarser than table salt)
Recommended for

  • Any flat bottom brewer
  • Kalitta wave
  • Cloth filters

Fine (Slightly finer than table salt)
Recommended for

  • V60 pour overs
  • Typical cone filter coffee pots
  • Aeropress

If you're interested in ground for Espresso, choose fine and mention something in the order comments.

If at all possible, we recommend grinding at home. We prefer Baratza coffee grinders and offer several of their models for sale. Click here to shop for one of their brewers.

In the Cup:

Among the table of coffees we cupped for dialing in flavor notes, this coffee was head and shoulders above the rest in uniqueness, especially in the body. This bean has such a light and smooth mouthfeel, it’s classic SL28 acidity brings a much more subtle tang that pairs with the body extremely well. All our flavor notes point to a muted sweetness alongside a prominent water-like thinness.

La Alquimia

The saying "don't work with your family" doesn't always apply to coffee, and some of the best producers we have met work closely with parents, children, siblings, cousins—all their close relations. Cerro San Luis Micromill in Costa Rica's West Valley is no different: The mill and its affiliated farms are run by a pair of second-generation coffee-producing sisters and their husbands. The family's farms are adjacent to one another, and the micromill they share is located at the family home not far away.

There are more than 10 different types of coffees grown on the various farms run by the sisters and their husbands, including Caturra, Bourbon and Orange Bourbon, SL-28, Cataui and Yellow Catuai, and Villa Sarchi. After the coffee cherry is harvested, it's brought to the mill for processing: Coffees here might be finished as Washed, Honey, or Natural lots.