Yes, Costa Rica is the peaceful environmental paradise everyone dreams of- and we are working with the farmers to keep it that way. For several years we have been providing funds to Hijos del Campo, the farmer-run scholarship program for the high school and college-age children of the coffee farms. We have also purchased land and donated it to a new land reserve called Aula Reserve, to insure that future generations will be able to experience the beauty and life of the rainforest in Costa Rica.
Our coffee comes from Cooperativo Montes de Oro , a member of Coo Cafe, a strong farmer-run cooperative near the famous Monte Verde Rainforest. The high-grown, strictly hard beans are grown by farmers on plots averaging 2.5 acres. Much of the coffee is dried with solar coffee dryers, a new technology that will alleviate the pressures on fuel wood use (a leading cause of deforestation) and fossil fuels. The solar technology also allows the farmer greater control over the drying process. We are proud to have provided the original funds for the first solar drying unit back in 1989.
Our Costa Rican is extremely complex, yet well-balanced in terms of acidity and body. We roast it dark for our Italian Espresso Roast, medium and dark for Full Moon, medium in our Uprising! Breakfast Blend, and dark in Rattlesnake Brew.