Flavors as Vibrant as the Culture Santa María de Dota is a picturesque place full of exotic wildlife and vibrant cultural traditions. The weather here is mild, and the soil is rich and volcanic. Coffee is mostly shade grown in small valleys and on mountain slopes at altitudes of 1,500 to 1,900 meters ASL. This altitude, climate and rich soil combine to create specialty coffees with good body, bright taste, excellent aroma and intensely chocolate flavor. Download Fact Sheet
The colorful oxcart, or carreta, is Costa Rica's most famous type of craft. The tradition of painting and decorating them began in the early twentieth century. Originally, each region had its own design and made its own "song," a unique chime produced by a metal ring as the cart bumped along.
Coffee in the Clouds Known as the Land of the Saints, Santa María de Dota is not only beautiful, it's ideal for specialty coffee cultivation. Sheltered by the Pacific Basin Range, the weather here is calm and predictable—seven months of rain reliably transition into five months of summer. Cloud forests and virgin springs provide plenty of moisture, and volcanic soils feed the coffee trees. Slopes are steep and altitudes are high—up to 1,900 meters ASL—leading to slow maturation and deeply flavorful beans.
Small Farms, Abundant Harvests Farms in Dota are small but prolific—though the average farm size is just 3.5 hectares, producers enjoy the highest yields in the country, averaging 3,800 lbs per hectare. The harvest lasts November through March, during which huge quantities of high-quality beans are processed at local receiving stations.
Manually Harvested, Uniformly Ripe Cherries are manually harvested by skilled workers who ensure that over 99% are fully ripened. Once the cherries are gathered, they are taken to the region’s brightly decorated receiving stations and later transported to a wet mill where they are fully washed and pre-dried in the sun, before they receive a machine-dried finish.

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Balance in All Things
Known for its harmonious balance between community and nature, Santa María de Dota is renowned for its great quality of life. The majority of the community is involved in coffee production, with village life centered around the church, the plaza, and the local school. Most of the region's farms are shaded with native trees including Poró and Guava that provide shelter for the beautiful birds and wildlife that thrive in the area.
Saving Water and Energy
Our local mills are among the most efficient in the country. Our water treatment process produces biogas to use as fuel at the mill, alleviating firewood use, and we’ve decreased energy use by 15%. Our mills also compost cherry husks and mucilage, reducing environmental impact and waste.
Aromas del Valle Coffee HARVESTING OCT 2016-FEB 2017 This coffee comes from the Dota Valley in the heart of Tarrazú.
  • Flavor Fruity, honey and toasted almond, and a touch of spice
  • Body Balanced
  • Acidity Balanced
  • 1 - Fragrance/Aroma
  • 2 - Flavor
  • 3 - Acidity
  • 4 - Balance
  • 5 - Body
  • 6 - Aftertaste
  • 7 - Overall
  • Cupping Score: 84.75
  • Quality: SHB – Fancy Prep
  • Producer: Carefully selected farms from the Dota community
  • Variety: Mainly red and yellow catuaí; some caturra
  • Processing: Fully ripened, freshly picked cherries. Fully washed/wet-milled, sun dried pre-drying and machine dried finish
  • Altitude: 1,500 to 1,900 meters ASL
  • Harvest: November through March
  • Packing: 65lb box  What’s this?
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