Costa Rica washed Arabica SHB EP Los Santos, Las Lobelias
|Unit of Measure||Sack à 69kg|
Costa Rica boasts eight coffee growing regions, the most famous of which is Tarrazú. It is a tropical heaven of lush vegetation and exotic birds with breathtaking views. But above all, the region is known worldwide for its fine-quality beans.
Tarrazú is an ideal location for growing Arabica coffee. High altitudes and the sedimentary soil composition favor the smooth and fine acidity these coffees are famous for. The majority of coffee grows on small farms and in the shade of protective tree canopies. The main varieties produced in the region are Caturra and Catuaí, both rich in flavor and high in quality.
Coopelibertad R.L. was founded in 1961, offering coffee producers access to knowledge and markets. The goal is to enable the farmers to get both better results and returns from their agricultural work. Nowadays, the cooperative gathers over 1,000 small and medium coffee producers. The overall mission is to improve their members‘ livelihoods and quality of life. Along with that, the preservation of the region‘s coffee culture as a worthy and sustainable activity is fostered. Coopelibertad uses water and electricity-efficient processing technology together with organic fertilizers in an effort to protect the environment.
These Tarrazú coffees are the result of a commitment to people and nature with dedication to outstanding quality. All of which translates into their unique flavor.
Out of the tropical countries, Costa Rica is probably the most environmentally conscious one. More than 25% of the country's land is protected in national parks, while 5% of the global biodiversity can be found in this rather small country. Next to this impressive progress in conserving nature, Costa Rica has also established a reputation for stable economic growth. Costa Ricans call themselves "ticos" and strongly believe in the absence of a national military. No surprise, this progressive nation is said to be one of the happiest people on earth according to the Happy Planet Index. We believe this thoughtfulness can also be found in each cup of coffee from this Central American beauty.
The first coffee production in Costa Rica dates back to the late 18th century. The government created major incentives to cultivate coffee by giving farmed land to the growers for free after five years of coffee cultivation. It turned coffee into the most important export good and was a substantial part of the country's economic rise.
However, until the mid-1990s, coffee production also put its shadows on Costa Rica: water used for fermenting the beans left the washing stations without filtering while deforestation had reached a critical level. It was in 1995 when the government stepped in once again and caused a radical change by creating strict environmental laws in coffee production.
Nowadays, Costa Rica has a reputation for having some of the highest production and quality standards. This not only includes high quality standards with respect to coffee cups but also to social welfare and environmental-friendly processing technologies in production. Costa Rican coffees tend to have a medium body, are well-balanced surprise with a fresh and sweet acidity.
|COFFEE REGIONS||Central Valley, West Valley, Tarrazú|
|COFFEE ALTITUDES||700 – 1,900 masl.|
|VARIETIES||Bourbon, Jackson, Mibrizi and some SL varieties|
|HARVEST PERIOD||Oct – Mar|
|COFFEE FARMS||Smallholders and plantations|
|AVERAGE FARM SIZE||0.5 – 5.5 ha|
|YEARLY PRODUCTION (IN 60KG BAGS)||1,472,000|