movement towards quality
Costa Rica is among The Coffee Quest’s first origin countries. In 2016, Michiel got in touch with several farmers in Tarrazu, the famous coffee region. Now several years later we already see a different Costa Rica. Traditionally each region will have several larger cooperatives and estates collecting cherries at local access points. The cherry price is set on a national level for each “fanega” delivered (the local volume measurement). However, the producer landscape is slowly shifting, as the total production volume is diminishing across the country. Urbanization and market prices have caused farmers find another purpose or change their traditions.
In the last decade we have seen several producers successfully move into processing their own cherries on a small scale. Good examples are Beneficio Las Lajas and Hacienda Sonora, who moved fully into specialty coffee. By exercising close quality control in their wet & dry milling process they managed to add significant value to their product. The success of others has sparked a real movement towards the Micro Mill concept. Driving through Tarrazu, you will see small household operations processing their own cherry to receive higher prices. In our Seasonal offer you will see new options each season, clean and exiting cup profiles from regions Tarrazu, West-Valley, Central-Valley and Turrialba. The Coffee Quest aims to provide at least one Classic lot with Hacienda Candelaria, a larger estate with beautiful consistent quality. An excellent option to counter the overall rising price levels in Costa Rica.