Difference Coffee brings rare Costa Rican champion to UK

Drinks: Coffee, Drinks

Difference Coffee Co has secured stock of one of the finest coffees in the world and is making it available in the UK.

Lot #1 Don Antonio was the highest scoring Costa Rican coffee in the world’s most respected coffee competition, the Cup of Excellence.

Made from the Geisha variety, it was ‘cupped’ at 92 points in the 2017 competition, a score described as ‘exceptional’ by Difference Coffee founder Amir Gehl.

The Don Antonio comes from the highest fields of a 90 hectare family-run farm in Tarrazu, recognised as the best area for coffee production in Costa Rica.

‘It’s a very attractive terroir for coffee,’ Gehl told Imbibe. ‘We’re the only company outside Japan to have any of it.’

Costa Rica is the only country in the world where it is illegal to produce anything other than 100% Arabica coffee.

Only 500kg of the Finca Don Antonio are available worldwide, and Difference Coffee has just 375 boxes (of ten capsules each) available, plus a small amount of beans for venues that are confident of selling larger volumes.

‘We can provide venues with beans, roasters and grinders, and capsules and capsule machines. We do everything from lazy to crazy,’ said Gehl. ‘At the end of the day it’s down to the quality of the beans and the amount of volume that you need.’

Current clients include Sat Bains, Anne-Sophie Pic and the Ritz.

The approximate trade price per box of ten capsules is around £40. Contact amir.gehl@differencecoffee.com

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Chris Losh

After five years working on My Weekly magazine (during which time he learned how to write horoscopes and make things out of mince) in 1995 Chris Losh entered the world of drinks writing and, despite all advice from his doctor – and the wishes of most South African winemakers – has stayed there ever since. He began on Wine and Spirit International, editing it for several years before moving on to edit Wine Magazine. Both publications have since gone the way of the Dodo, but he claims to have nothing to do with their demise, and his alibi appears solid, since he was freelance writing for anyone who would pay him at the time. In 2007, he helped to set up both Imbibe magazine and the Sommelier Wine Awards, and has spent much of the last three years eating, drinking, and listening to French sommeliers talk about minerality. In 2009 he was shortlisted for the Louis Roederer Feature Writer of the Year, but didn’t win. Perhaps he should have stuck to horoscopes. And mince.

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