Wild Bat Coffee, Costa Rica

Wild Bat Coffee, Costa Rica

( 4 Reviews)
Artibeus Jamaicensis is the bat species found in the forests surrounding the Coffea Diversa coffee garden in Costa Rica. The bats feed on the coffee cherries but, unlike the famous Kopi Luwak civet cats, the bats are too small to swallow the coffee cherries. The bat breaks the skin of the ripe cherry with its teeth, feeds on the cherry pulp and licks the sugar-rich mucilage thereby initiating a uniquely natural coffee processing method. The coffee beans are left on the tree and exposed to the sun as nature's own way of drying the coffee in its parchment. Combined with the discriminating selection of the very ripest cherries by the bats makes for an unusual cup -- remarkably fruity and floral with a very delicate acidity.
£17.00 per 50g
... / per 6oz Cup A Note on pricing
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A nice smooth, slightly sweet coffee. The after taste lingers, but not in an awful bitter way like some coffees. Would love to order again

Nice, not just a novelty.


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Climate / Geography

The inspirational Coffea Diversa Garden Estate is home to over 200 botanical coffee varieties & cultivars the largest anywhere in the world. The varietals are prized and preserved for their rich and distinctive flavour, in complete contrast to the drivers that see most commercial coffee plants chosen for their yield and resistance to disease. This is the first time that Bat Coffee has been offered anywhere in the world and we are the UKs exclusive importer. The price of wild Bat Coffee reflects the labour intensive and skilled nature of the hand picking involved. To capture Bat Coffee at its finest pickers must pass the plants with incredible frequency.

Technical Information

  • Country: Costa Rica
  • Altitude: 1200 metres
  • Method: Sun-dried

Additional Info

The bats feed on the coffee cherries, breaking the skin of the ripe cherry with their teeth, feeding on the cherry pulp and licking the sugar-rich mucilage. The remains of the cherry are left turned almost inside out and the bats natural digestive acid combined with the sun begin a metamorphosis in the beans structure, whilst it is still on the plant. Harvested by hand the sun drying process is then carefully completed.

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Coffee is the solution..who cares what the question is.

  • Grind fresh

    An investment in a small grinder will take your coffee pleasure up from a 7 to a 9 in a single swoop.  Many of coffee's richest and most delicious flavors are lost within less than a minute of grinding - escaped sensory pleasure that could have been yours. The simple act of grinding your beans fresh gives you the maximum ability to unlock what your coffee has to offer.

  • Keep it fresh

    Stale beans loses flavor. Keeping beans fresh is easier than you think. Once opened, store your bag of coffee in a cool dry place.  We recommend using a vacuum sealed storage container to maintain aroma and rich, full coffee flavor.

  • Engage your senses.

    Engage all your senses to get the most from your coffee - like excellent wine, coffee (at it's finest) is a multi-sensory joy.

  • Less is more

    To get the most from your coffee we suggest drinking from a small glass. By drinking your coffee in a small glass (we sometimes use brandy glasses) and interspersing your sips with a little water, you will experience huge flavours from every mouth full.

  • Water and oxygen bring coffee to life

    Saliva helps to liberate the volatile aromas in your mouth and a big breathe of oxygen helps to carry those aromas up through the mouth and into the nose for retronasal smelling to take effect.  Our Head Taster, Guy Wilmot is obsessive about hydration as being one of the secrets to his success in the cupping room.

  • Heat your cup, drink it now

    Steamed milk drinks like Cappuccino, Latte and Flat White are little daily pleasures we love. Be careful to not over heat beyond 70C as milk starts to burn and loses it's sweet deliciousness.  To avoid the temptation, use cold milk in a cold jug when steaming and make sure you have heated your porcelain cup.  Enjoy your drink as soon as it is prepared (they call it espresso for a reason) - it'll be the perfect temperature without being overheated!

  • Save Money and Time, whilst enjoying higher quality coffee.

    Why not pick up an Impress Brewer from our accessories section. The Impress Brewer is not only a coffee plunger but also doubles as a thermal travel mug.  You can therefore brew your coffee on the go and enjoy it on your commute instead of spending money on coffee at a coffee shop... This way you can select your favourite type of coffee and enjoy it on a daily basis.

  • Did you know?

    Did you know that the 500 billion disposable cups we manufacture annually placed end to end could circumnavigate the earth 1,360 times? Why not try a KeepCup and do your part for the environment and look good whilst doing it..

  • How do you take yours?

    Apparently, espresso is regulated by the Italian government because it is considered an essential part of their daily life.

  • Did you know?

    Coffee is actually a fruit. Well…the bean comes from a ripped berry that is hand-picked. Could this be considered as your 5-a-day? We’ll let you decide.