Fernando Prado

Experience the unique, flavorful nuances of this hand-picked and carefully processed Catuaí, from seasoned coffee veteran Fernando Prado.

See below for more information, along with brewing recommendations.

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The esteemed Acosta subregion, located northwest of Tarrazu, is renowned for its coffee production and apple cultivation. Acosta is near the birthplace of Fernando Prado and boasts ideal growing conditions at an altitude of 1500-1600 meters. This setting with its proximity to the Pacific Ocean presents the optimal climate for producing the high caliber of specialty coffee.

As a seasoned coffee veteran, Fernando Prado was raised amid the rich coffee heritage of Acosta. With the specialty coffee market flourishing, Fernando has continued to produce some of the most exceptional coffee in this microregion for many years. This year, Fernando acquired the cherries for this lot from his long-time friend and esteemed colleague, Don Julio Ramirez, who once employed Fernando and is widely regarded for his sustainable and responsible farming practices.

Fernando and his team adhere to a stringent process to ensure the optimal processing of their coffee. The process begins with the selection of only the ripest cherries, which are then transported to the wet mill for fermentation and drying. To ensure that the coffee ferments in a controlled low-oxygen environment, it is placed in tanks lined with grain pro bags, which are securely sealed. The fermentation process takes 5 to 6 days to complete and is performed in a shady area to regulate the temperature. Upon completion, the coffee is removed from the tanks and spread out on raised beds for sun-drying in thin layers. This process halts the fermentation and ensures that the coffee dries evenly. The sun-drying process typically takes between 25 and 30 days.

Farm details:

Producer: Fernando Prado

Region: Acosta, Tarrazu

Country: Costa Rica

Altitude: 1500-1600m

Process: Low oxygen environment, Natural

Varietal: Catuaí

Flavor profile:

Aromatics: Cherry, strawberry, raisin, pineapple, milk chocolate

Taste: Raspberry, red cherry, strawberry, pineapple, sweet cream, raisin, cocao nib, fudge

Acidity: High/Juicy

Sweetness: High/Round

Body: Medium/Creamy

Recommended Brewing Methods:

Fellow Stagg [X]

22g in, 350g out

2:25 – 2:45 minutes

205 f temperature

Medium/coarse grind


0-30 seconds

50 gram pour, pick up brewer and spin 3 times

Second pour

30-50 seconds

Pour from 50 grams to 200 grams, starting at 30 seconds and ending your pour at 50 seconds (7.5 gram per second, pour rate)

Let fully drain should be between 1:15-1:30

Third pour

1:15 – 1:30

Pour from 200 grams to 350 grams, starting at 1:15-1:30 and ending your pour at 1:35-1:50 (7.5 gram per second, pour rate)

Let drain completely

Final time

Drain should end between 2:25 – 2:45 minutes or brew to taste

Recommended Espresso Recipe:

Classic 9 bar recipe

20g in, 55g out (22 gram basket)

27-31 seconds

200 f temperature

Espresso grind

Additional information

Weight 1.1 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 2 in
Package Size

12 oz, 5 lb

Whole Bean / Ground

Whole Bean, Fine Grind – Espresso, Medium Grind – Pour Over / Auto Drip, Coarse Grind – French Press / Cold Brew

Roast Date

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