"We are a family business, humble and simple, that seeks to expand and become known internationally, united by the values that unite us in God as the center of everything we do."
Isidro Oviedo Arias and his family have owned these farms for several generations. The heart of their business is their family. Coffee brings them together. By producing the best high-grown beans from this region of their country, they also aspire to bring others together around a cup of exquisite coffee.
"We are located in lands of volcanic origin, at the foot of the poas volcano. Our farms are located over the mountains surrounding Costa Rica's Central Valley, specifically in San Luis, Grecia. Since our plantations sit at 5,000 feet above sea level, our coffee obtains the benefits from a rich volcanic soil and an ideal all year round weather for coffee farming. It is an excellent region for the cultivation of coffee, since altitude and soils of volcanic origin help to produce high quality coffee, however, such high prices in fertilizers and little support or rather no government support to farmers, many coffee producers have their farms almost in ruins."
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.