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Origin Information

Grower
Hacienda La Luisa
Variety
Caturra, Catuai, Villa Sarchi
Region
Sarchi, Alajuela, Costa Rica
Harvest
December - January
Altitude
1250 - 1500 masl
Soil
Volcanic loam
Process
Fully washed and dried on raised beds
Certifications

Background Details

Ever wondered about where the Villa Sarchi variety was discovered? Well here it is, straight from the 150-acre estate called Hacienda La Luisa in the Canton of Sarchi. Harvested cherries from this iconic estate are taken to Café de Altura de San Ramon, which owns and operates a state-of-the-art mill designed to receive cherries from small farms and add meticulous processing. Cherries are placed in a tank with water to remove the less denses and damaged beans that float. Next the cherries are depulped and pass through a demucilager that mechanically strips the mucilage from the beans. All of this is done with a recycling water system. The washed beans move down from the wet-mill through a long elevated conveyor belt into a machine that uses forced air to shed any remaining water. Then the coffee is placed on raised beds to gently reduce the moisture to 11 percent. After the coffee is rested for a month, it is milled for export with an impressive series of machines dedicated to dehulling and sorting green beans by weight and color.