Costa Rica - Santa Anita - Per Kg

Origin:  Costa Rica

Crop: 2018

Estate: Santa Anita Estate

Owner: Juan Manuel Sanchez Benavidez

Region: Naranjo, West Valley

Altitude: 1300-1350 masl

Varietal: Caturra & Catuai

Harvest: Oct-Feb

Certification: RFA, Carbon Neutral

Processing: Fully Washed

 

 

Cupping Notes: Vanilla, citrus, lively acidity, rich body, well balanced, tropical fruit, toffee, caramel. Very sweet as it cools.

 

The Santa Anita Estate, located in Costa Rica's West Valley, is a large family-run coffee farm that strikes a balance between tradition and innovation. Five generations of this family have managed this picturesque plantation and mill in the naranjo region of Costa Rica. This renowned producer, Juan Manuel Sanchez Benavidez, has really impressed us with the consistency and qaulity of their coffee. With their coffees being fully shade grown and in harmony with the natural eco system and regional flora & fauna, they are paving the way to truly sustainable coffee farming. Their efforts in sustainable farming have lead them to being the very first farm in the world to become recognised as Carbon Neutral in their production. This coffee holds a degree of complexity that surprises and delights.

Costa Rica - Santa Anita - Per Kg

£7.00Price
  • Costa Rica is nestled in the heart of Central America, and is as diverse as it is beautiful. This little country has it all – from mountains and volcanoes to rainforests that buzz with life and coastlines with great beaches and surf. With such an impressive landscape, combined with it’s stable government and relative safety compared to it’s Central American neighbours, Costa Rica is a well established tourist destination, especially for U.S. travellers, and around 1.5 million visitors are drawn to its shores, forests and mountains each year.

    The nation’s stability and forward thinking governance means Costa Rica has a much higher standard of living than its neighbours, making it a much more expensive country to visit or do business in. The coffee industry is well regulated by the national body Icafe. Under Icafe’s watchful eye, farm workers are monitored and protected with minimum living standards and widely enforced minimum wages for all employees. This regulation has had two distinct impacts on the quality and type of coffee being produced in Costa Rica:

    1. Quality has improved as the cost of production is estimated to be close to $2/lb – almost 25% higher than their Latin American counterparts. No longer able to compete on price with the high cost of land, living and employee wages, has forced producers to improve quality.

    2. Costa Rica has become a boutique origin producing value-added coffees through experimental processing. No other origin we work in produces the diversity and quality of processing methods as Costa Rica. The quality of their naturals in particular is extraordinary, with a clarity and complexity that few of the worlds producers can match.

    Whilst Costa Rica’s total production volume is in decline, as ‘volume growers’ struggle to compete with producers from neighbouring countries on price, the future of the country’s coffee production seems to be in specialty microlots lots that benefit from inventive and interesting processing methods. Leading the way in this regard are the regions of Tarrazu, the Central Valley, the West Valley and Tres Rios.

  • The Santa Anita Estate, located in Costa Rica's West Valley, is a large family-run coffee farm that strikes a balance between tradition and innovation. Five generations of this family have managed this picturesque plantation and mill in the naranjo region of Costa Rica. This renowned producer, Juan Manuel Sanchez Benavidez, has really impressed us with the consistency and qaulity of their coffee. With their coffees being fully shade grown and in harmony with the natural eco system and regional flora & fauna, they are paving the way to truly sustainable coffee farming. Their efforts in sustainable farming have lead them to being the very first farm in the world to become recognised as Carbon Neutral in their production. This coffee holds a degree of complexity that surprises and delights.

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