Difference Coffee brings rare Costa Rican champion to UK

Chris Losh

Chris Losh

06 June 2018

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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