Sweet, pineapple, strawberry, brownie
This is an SHB EP grade natural processed microlot from Finca Piedra Alta in the Chirripó micro-region of southern Costa Rica.
Finca Piedra Alta is a 4ha farm owned and operated by the Araya Acuña family near the village of La Piedra de Rivas in the micro-region of Chirripó. This Red Catuai microlot is grown at altitudes of 1,850masl. The Araya Acuña family has been dedicated to agriculture for generations; from vegetables and blackberries, to cattle farming. However, the steepness of their ground and low productivity for some of these crops compelled the family turn Piedra Alta into a coffee farm to showcase the excellent altitude and growing conditions for coffee. The success of this transition came from a combination of experience and passion from the parents, Mario and Rosita, and a matching enthusiasm and youthful entrepreneurship from their sons and daughter. This coffee is processed at the Café Rivense del Chirripó micromill
Café Rivense del Chirripó is a family micromill founded by Régulo Ureña and Isabel Rojas in 2005. During their formative years, the family had to fight hard with many challenges: low international prices, lack of information on processing coffee, and financing for coffee projects. To setup this project in a region not known for specialty coffee had their neighbors predicting that they would fail. However through perseverance, faith in the project and lots of hard work the Ureña Rojas family to continue through a long road to be recognized as specialty coffee producers.
It’s fair to say their dedication and hard work paid off. In 2019 one of their microlots placed 5th in the Cup of Excellence; the first from the Brunca region to place in the COE top ten.
This is naturally processed and dried on raised beds. Only the ripest cherries are selected to ensure high sugar content. These are transported dry and transferred immediately onto raised African beds where they are sun-dried for an average of 22-25 days.
The Chirripó micro-region is developing a name for itself in the specialty coffee scene thanks to its high altitude – ranging from 1,300 to over 2,000masl – the rich of the soils, and fresh environment. It is located between two very high mountains: Cerro de la Muerte (3,491m) and Cerro Chirripó (3,820m., the highest in Costa Rica), the valley between these mountains creates a unique microclimate which is ideal for coffee cultivation. In recent years, the potential for specialty coffee the Chirripó micro-region has developed dramatically. This has contributed to an increase of land planted with coffee and it is projected that it will continue increasing in the coming years.