Coffee is roasted by Ritu Coffee Roasters on Thursdays and ship the following day.
Region: Llano Bonito
Farm: Finca Sebastian
Altitude: 1800 masl
Taste Profile: Tropical fruits, Orange and Cacao
Fernando and Angie own coffee plantations in the Western Valley of Costa Rica. This region has been called one of the most complex due to its microclimates. Morning sunshine, afternoon rain, volcanic soils, and high elevations without frost... coffee-growing paradise! This region also accumulates an extremely high percentage of Cup of Excellence winners.
Their estate is located more than 1800 meters above sea level. Their goal is to find the most ideal processing methods for each variety that they harvest.
Fernando is an agricultural engineer and has been cultivating new hybrid F-1 coffee varieties. These have been developed by recognized coffee research organizations worldwide, including the World Coffee Research, with the intention of developing genetic diversity. These varieties are stronger against climate change and plant diseases than their local counterparts and have a higher production yield.
Angie recently acquired her Q-grader certification. Her tasting skills and dedication means that the quality of the coffee they produce will only continue to improve by combining their knowledge in cultivation all the way to processing, roasting, and up to the final cup result.
These varieties make their land not only more productive than average but result in amazing quality coffees with high SCA cupping scores. Gaia participates every year in the Specialty Coffee Association's Cup of Excellence competitions, where only the best coffees in the world take part.