COSTA RICA - 'Tarrazu' Co-op
Altitude: 1500 - 1650m
Characteristics: A well balanced coffee with a beautiful aroma and good body. Sweet citrus acidity complemented by notes of nuts, honey and chocolate.
'Fair Trade' certified.
Further Information: Grown by farmers from the world-renowned 'Tarrazu Co-operative' founded in the 1960s. In 2012, they successfully launched the ‘Café de Comunidades’ program, which offers micro-zone coffee and distributes a prize invested in communal works.
The co-operative provides nurseries, agronomy support and training, and a whole host of services. Coffee pulp -a residue that represents approximately 29% dry-weight of cherry obtained during coffee wet processing- is converted into organic fertiliser; coffee trees are given to farmers to maintain crop health, and power for the office is generated from solar panels.
The businesses that the coop also owns to maintain these activities – gas stations and supermarkets -also generate a reward to the cooperative members at the end of the year.