Finca Los Ángeles 11/12
The Zamora family has been producing coffee at Finca Los Ángeles for over 100 years. The farm is located at the foot of the central volcanic mountain range that runs through Costa Rica, and is blessed with a rich, volcanic soil that is ideal for growing coffee.
Los Ángeles is planted out with two varietals – Caturra and Catuaí. The farm’s climate is tropical but relatively mild and there are only two distinct seasons, summer and winter - the latter begins in May with the first rains that the force the flowering of the coffee trees. These unique conditions allow for a steady and even maturation of the cherries.
The harvest is done by hand and only perfectly ripe cherries are selected. The farm’s wet mill (‘beneficio’) is located in the town of San Isidro, Alajuela. The ripe red cherries are pulped, fermented and fully washed. The wet parchment is then spread over concrete patios where the beans are dried in the heat of the sun. If the weather is bad, the coffee will be part dried on the patios and then the process finished in a Guardiola dryer until the correct moisture content is reached.
The waste from the processing is treated in purification tanks in order to avoid polluting local water courses. The left over coffee pulp is then used on the farm as organic fertiliser for the coffee trees.