The family of Honorio has a history of growing coffee since 1930, when his grandparents used to grow coffee and participated carefully in the micro mill and dry process. Convinced of the damage that chemicals can cause to workers and the environment, Honorio and his wife, Carmen, started the transition process to change into organic production in 2000. The farm is protecting a source of water that is in the farm which provides water to the community and allows the growth of native tree species and a diversity of animals like wild coyotes, howler monkeys, anteaters, butterflies, native birds, and migrant birds. The farm is situated in Occidental Valley, which has fertile soils of volcanic origin and ideal weather for coffee to grow.
The coffee trees are planted manually and fertilized with compost that is made by the farm using by-products from livestock, chicken production, horse manure, grass, and other organic matter available in the area. Also, the plantation is sprayed with bio ferments made of microorganisms and natural source of nutrients. Harvest is done by hand, to obtain the best quality, pickers harvest just the red beans that reach the optimum level of maturity. The beans are processed in an ecologic micro mill, with minimum water consumption, keeping part of the honey getting a semi-washed process, and later on dried in the sun.
About Costa Rican Coffee
1779 is the year credited as the start of coffee production in Costa Rica. Since then it has become a major part of national culture. Today it is the 3rd most valuable cash crop export, but it has held the number one spot in the past. The climate and geography of Costa Rica create an ideal situation for cultivation and export. It is believed that the coffee plants that were imported to Costa Rica came directly from Ethiopia. The classic Costa Rican flavor profile and soft acidity seem to attest to this though today you will find a number of wonderfully bright and fruity coffees.
Coffee production in Costa Rica has experienced some wild swings lately. Up about 15% one year, down about that much the next and then right back up again. Like most countries the cost of coffee production often exceeds the farmers earnings. Some farmers found a way to diversify by offering eco-tourism packages and coffee tours. It is also especially difficult to find organic certified coffee in Costa Rica.
Costa Rica faces many of the same challenges their neighbors do. Low returns, climate change and plant disease threats. Despite these thought they continue to produce wonderful and unique coffees. Our aim is to help them find more affordable ways to implement organic farming practices and secure higher returns for their coffee.