Mexico Luisa Valentina Castro Ortiz

nectarine, cream soda, praline

Location: Santa Maria, Oaxaca
Elevation: 1545m
Varieties: Typica, Bourbon
Process: Fully washed 

FOB: lb/$7.20  kg/ $15.87

(average FOB price for 2021 was lb/$3.93)

At 30 years old, Luisa’s husband passed away unexpectedly.  At the time, Luisa had 2 small children & was pregnant with one more on the way. She needed to continue operating the farm to provide for her children.

It has always been a family operation.  She was very close to 2 of her brothers who helped her, but one of them passed away. Feria Garcia, Luisa’s nephew, helps with the operations of the farm now.  Luisa’s son, Erasmo Feria Castro, lives in Walla Walla, WA at the moment, but comes back to help at the farm.

Like herself, the coffee Luisa grows is lovely!

We were lucky enough to purchase this lot from her and we are so excited to share it with you all!

Luisa Valentina Castro Ortiz is a soft coffee, one that rewards patience and care. Prepared on the V60, florals and creamy tropical fruit are wrapped up in the pillowy sweetness of maple and honey. Its flavors settle on your palate and slowly unfold into a truly complex, captivating, and comfortable coffee. Find a quiet moment and take a deep breath– brewing this coffee is slow, and it is peaceful. Treating it ever so gently is a ritual, and it is just as tranquil to make as it is to drink.

Below is our V60 Method:

Bring filtered water to a boil and rinse a paper filter in the V60. Add 18g of medium-fine ground Luisa Valentina Castro Ortiz to the filter and level out the grounds. Start a timer, and in a circular motion from the outside-in, pour 50g of water over the grounds. Use a spoon to scoop the grounds from the bottom of the cone and stir, saturating all the ground coffee. When the timer reaches 0:45, pour water, again from the outside-in, in one slow, continuous pour. Try to raise the brew bed as little as possible, and only adjust the positioning to sink and coffee grounds that rise to the surface. Continue this process until you have added 300g total water, at approximately 2:45. Use your spoon to gently stir near the edge of the brewer, in a complete circle. This will help the coffee drain evenly. The coffee will finish brewing at approximately 3:30-3:45. 




We ship freshly roasted coffee Monday - Friday. Get your order in by 12pm PST on weekdays and have your coffee shipped the next day (Monday-Thursday). Orders placed between Thursday 12pm PST through Sunday 12pm PST ship Monday.

We do not ship on U.S. federally recognized holidays.


Delayed, Lost or Stolen Packages 

We will do our best to help troubleshoot with you, but we cannot control what happens when your package leaves the roasting facility. Once the package has been picked up, it is out of our hands. 

Holidays, severe weather, carrier staff shortage and high package volumes are causing delays in package transit time. 

As a small business, we are unable to absorb the costs of packages being lost in transit. We cannot refund orders that are marked as delivered with a tracking number, even if a customer is stating they haven’t received the package. 

A claim should be filed with USPS, with that information here

For FedEx claims, please email us at

When checking out, *Please make sure your address is correct!*

If you realize the address is incorrect and it is less than 24 hours after your have placed the order, please let us know the correct address right away by emailing:

After 24 hours, we cannot make changes to orders since it will have already shipped. We cannot reship an order placed that was sent to the wrong address. 


International Shipping

The recipient is responsible for paying all brokerage, duties and taxes associated with international shipping.



For merchandise, apparel, and/or brew equipment:
If merchandise, apparel, and/or brew equipment is broken or defective upon arrival, you may return or exchange the product within 30 days from purchase. If you want to make a return on merchandise, apparel, and/or brew equipment that is not broken or defective, the product must be unused, in its' original packaging and within 30 days from purchase. If we receive the product and it appears to be used you will not be refunded. Heart does not cover the return shipping cost for the product. For international packages, we are willing to replace merchandise damaged in transit. However, the shipping costs are the responsibility of the customer.
Please contact and a heart representative will get back to you with further information.

For coffee purchases:
We cannot guarantee refunds on coffee purchases. If you have purchased coffee beans from heart and are not satisfied or if you have purchased a coffee subscription and wish to cancel the remainder due to dissatisfaction, please email and a heart representative will get back to you with further information. 


Thank you for your patience and support!

Is your coffee fair trade and/or organic?
We do not purchase labeled “fair trade” coffee. All of our coffee is purchased well above the fair trade pricing (which is a very low price). Fair trade does not guarantee producer sustainability, farmer sustainability, or quality coffee. Some of our coffees are organic but we do not specifically seek out organic coffees, as we primarily focus on taste, quality, & clarity. We do not advertise the organically grown coffee as such, when we are offering it.

What is the optimal time to drink your coffee after the roast date?
For filter (home coffee makers, pour overs, Aeropress, french press), we recommend brewing anywhere from 3-7 days off roast. The coffee can be brewed at a later date and will still taste delicious, but we have found our coffee shines best within a week off roast.

For espresso, we recommend brewing between 7-14 days off roast. There is CO2 that is created in the roasting process and while this can be beneficial for other brewing methods, it can hinder brewing with an espresso machine.

How fresh is my coffee when I receive it?
We currently roast Sunday-Friday and ship Monday-Friday. We ship you the freshest coffee available, so depending on the selected shipping method, it’s anywhere from 1-5 days off the roast date when you receive it.

Can you grind my coffee?
We can! If you would like your coffee ground, please let us know what brewing system you need your coffee ground for, and we will happily grind it for you.

My coffee tastes watery, what do I do?
If your coffee tastes watery, first make sure you have the right ratio of coffee to water. 1 part coffee to 16 parts water is a great place to start. You can also try one of the following at a time and see if it makes a difference:
- Grind your coffee finer.
- Extend your brew time.
- Use hotter water.

Remember, it is very important to use a burr grinder. This will reduce the variance in coffee particle size and result in giving you a more even extraction.

Why can't I make coffee at home like the coffee I drink in your cafés?
We have a specific water filtration system, commercial grade burr grinders and other equipment, we use recipes and measure the extraction percentage with refractometers, the water is kept at a specific temperature each time we brew, all these things and more help us ensure consistency and a great cup of coffee in our cafés.

Check out our BREW RECIPES.

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