Cafea verde BS - COSTA RICA La Pastora SHB EP
Cantitate: 5 KG
Disponibilitate: in stoc
Arrival cup score: 84.75
Quality: La Pastora SHB EP
Farm/Washing station: CoopeTarrazu
Tasting notes: Dried Dates, Orange, Plum, Roasted Almond
Altitude: 1500 - 1800m
Owner: smallholder farmers
Mountain: San Marcos de Tarrazú
Region: Central region, San Marcos de Tarrazú
La Pastora Tarrazu – Costa Rica
Tarrazu is probably the most famous coffee region of central Costa Rica. The hub of the growing region for the La Pastora quality is the mountainous Tarrazú canton in the San José province. The Pirris river nearby provides water to the highland region, making it perfect for coffee production and other types of agriculture. The mountains are part of the Talamanca Sierra, which runs through Costa Rica and Panama.
La Pastora is one of the classic qualities of COOPETARRAZU. Production for this regional selection takes place at farms between 1500 and 1800 meters above sea level. Hence, the quality is strictly hard bean or SHB. Predominant varieties in the region are Caturra and Catuai. The washed coffee is selected and screened following the European preparation – briefly: EP – quality standard. This standard allows for 4 secondary defect equivalents and no primary defects.
In the Los Santos de Tarrazu region, coffee producers united in COOPETARRAZU. The cooperative was created in 1960 by 228 smallholder farmers. They grouped to stand stronger together to face the challenges of coffee production and find better markets for their coffees. After more than 50 years, the cooperative has grown to be the largest cooperative in the region. Nowadays, they provide a structure for more than 3000 smallholder producers.
Through the Fairtrade certification process, Coopetarrazu has centralized all industrial and commercial activities to environmentally sustainable practices. This way, the cooperative wanted to increase the quality of their product and community members’ quality of life.
In 2006, the cooperative established the Coffee Culture Quality of Life Sustainability Plan. Through this plan, the cooperative aims to track their environmental impact, implement better practices and create a culture of environmental awareness. As part of their strategy to increase productivity, COOPETARRAZU offers various training programs for its members and engineering visits to farms.
Through the Quality of Life Sustainability Plan, COOPETARRAZU provides free soil analyses to its members. These customized soil analyses show farmers the impact of the surrounding ecosystems on their soil. In turn, coffee growers learn to adjust their practices according to their specific soil needs.
Next to that, COOPETARRAZÚ invested in organic fertilizer to supply to the cooperative’s producers. The process of erosion has greatly affected productivity. Through this organic material from the fertilizer, soil fertility is partly restored. Additionally, in collaboration with the Coffee Institute and other organizations, COOPETARRAZÚ is testing out new varieties of coffee that offer higher productivity, disease resistance, and in particular, quality cup scores.