The Juanachute micromill was one of the first mills of its kind. Luis Anastasio Castro, better known as Tacho, was an early adapter to the micromill model, and since then many other micromills have learned from his efforts. The Juanachute operation consists of several different plots throughout the Los Santos region and a mill close to the town of San Pablo. The micromill is one of the few at which the entire process is controlled. From planting the coffee trees to sealing the jute bags of green coffee, it is all under the supervision of Don Tacho.
The Castro family also owns a small roastery and coffee shop in the town of San Pablo. One of Tacho’s sons, Luis Anastasio (named after his father), is responsible for launching the barista education program in the local high school with 30 graduates each year. Luis Anatasio also competes in the Costa Rica barista championship proudly serving coffee from Juanachute.
Don Tacho is proud of his farms, his mill, and the final coffee products made with Juanachute coffee, and takes the greatest care in maintaining all three. Ally has been partnered with Juanachute since 2018, buying both microlots and larger volume lots with help from Tacho’s son Abraham, who works with Ally’s exporting partner CECA. We are delighted to continue our partnership with Juanachute, and to continue connecting Don Tacho, his family, the team at Juanachute, and their coffees with roasters across the world.
This lot of Red Honey processed Catuai coffee was grown on Juanachute’s Nacientes plot. Honey processed coffees are dried on raised beds in full sun for 14-21 days.