Costa Rican cooperatives are like symphonies. Or at least that is the sensation you get at Cooperativa de Productores de Café y Servicios Múltiples de Naranjo R.L. (Coopronaranjo) where every aspect of coffee is included in their repertoire. Coopronaranjo has ecologically designed instruments to handle every aspect of the post-harvest processing and it all runs on hydropower. But it’s not just mill equipment that makes a big impression. This cooperative also has an organic fertilizer production plant that uses vermiculture to convert coffee pulp back into low cost organic fertilizer. And if worms aren't to your taste, Coopronaranjo also operates a local supermarket and sells roasted coffee for national consumption.
With more than 2000 producer-members from the Canton of Naranjo within the province of Alajuela, Costa Rica, this cooperative is designed to receive cherries from many small farms and harmonize the coffee into a well-tuned regional blend. But Coopronaranjo also has the adaptability to feature some soloists. Coffee from Miriam Mora Salazar, who is one of 935 female producer-members, is featured as a single producer micro- lot. Miriam along with her family of five manage a 35-acre farm called Finca Miriam. After picking, she sends her carefully selected cherries to the Coopronaranjo mill where it is floated to remove less dense beans and then depulped and passed through a demucilager that mechanically strips some of the mucilage from the bean. The coffee is then placed directly on raised beds to dry with a layer of mucilage still attached to the bean. This process has enabled Miriam to market her coffee as one of the best micro-lot processed at Coopronaranjo.