We are celebrating 10 years of business this month.
For this special occasion, we are releasing a coffee from one of our long-term origin partners Coopedota, Costa Rica.
Back in February 2020, we visited Coopedota in Costa Rica and witnessed the amazing passion and culture for producing high quality coffee, whilst supporting a whole community of member farmers and their families.
In the small town of Santa Maria de Dota, Tarrazú is the coffee processing mill and facilities belonging to Coopedota. Established in 1960, they currently represent around 900 small growers and hold the title as the first coffee processor in the world to be certified as carbon neutral, back in 2011. This encompasses all their operations, including a roastery and shops which all return money to the cooperative. Even the transportation of the sold coffee to the ports is covered. In order to mitigate their impact, they produce a rich compost from their coffee waste, use parchment to fuel their bespoke driers, if required, buy carbon credits to get them over the line. In order to reduce the need for this, they select an improvement project each year to drive down their carbon impact, with the aim of becoming completely self reliant in offsetting their carbon footprint.
The varietals grown are mainly Caturra and Catuai. Coffee from here is picked by hand and pulped mechanically, leaving it super clean ready for the fermentation stage and drying on patios.
For the honey process, 70% of the mucilage is left on the bean before following a similar path – the cherry being agitated just enough to ensure even drying.