Some of the finest coffee on earth is grown in Costa Rica. While traveling there last month, we were fortunate to visit a coffee farm just outside the town of San Marcos De Tarrazu. Countless family run coffee farms cling to the steep hills surrounding this bustling coffee town.
The afternoon mist rolls in. Banana trees are planted between the coffee plants to give the soil nutrients and provide shade for the coffee.
Minor Picado is a third generation coffee farmer. He is taking his farm to the next level by currently constructing his own micro-processing facility. This will enable him to process and export his unique lots of coffee directly to quality coffee roasters. It ensures that his signature "La Pastora" coffee will not be blended with lesser quality coffee. The niche market of "direct trade" relationships motivates the farmer to produce the highest quality coffee. The price they receive directly relates to the quality of their coffee.
The first few coffee cherries are starting to ripen.
The micro-processing facility under construction.
Three generations and certificates decorate the walls of the family home.
This coffee was roasted in a pan on their stove, it was delicious!