Country: Costa Rica
Region: La Trinidad, Tarrazu
Arabica Variety: Caturra, Catuai, Villa Sarchi, Sarchimor
Altitude: 1500-1800 masl
Tasting notes: cola – white peach – raisins
Suggested for: espresso and filter
Thanks to a Community Coffee program with CoopeTarrazu it has been possible to separate out lots from specific communities within the area of León Cortés, encouraging the cooperative to increase its attention to traceability and increasing the opportunities that small producers will have to achieve recognition for their coffees.
The cooperative qualifies peculiar lots of coffee with complete traceability, from each farm to the mill and out for export. They also underline the importance of sustainable development – both ecological and economic.
While some of the best individual producers in Costa Rica have built their own micro mills to segregate their coffee and capture the higher market for micro-lots, many smallholder producers of high calibre do not have their own facilities, and still, deliver cherry to cooperatives. This is where CoopeTarrazu comes in: the communities themselves represent collection centres in and around León Cortés in Tarrazu, where producers from nearby towns will deliver their coffee in cherry form for grading, sorting, and processing.