The Rich Volcanic Soil Volcanic soils, cloud forests, and gentle Pacific weather converge in the West Valley, creating fantastic growing conditions. The local soil was formed by the Poás and Irazú volcanoes, and continues to be enriched by nutrients washing down the hillsides from the cloud forests above. Well-defined dry and rainy seasons allow producers to sun dry their beans slowly and uniformly, creating rich flavors and aromas. The resulting coffees are known for providing good acidity, body and a balanced cup. Download Fact Sheet
Few countries can rival Costa Rica for wildlife and natural beauty—volcanoes, cloud forests, tropical lowlands, and, of course, broad sandy beaches along the coast. Wildlife-spotting opportunities range from watching turtles hatch on the beaches by moonlight, to tracking toucans, jaguars, and red-eyed tree frogs in the rainforest.
Peaceful Pacific Weather High volcanoes on to the east shelter the West Valley from extreme Atlantic weather, and allow gentle Pacific weather to dominate in the West Valley. Stable temperatures, a steady and well-defined rainy season, and uniform dry and sunny days create a predictable climate with plenty of sunny days for sun-drying coffees after harvest.
Farms Under the Forest Canopy A lush forest canopy blankets about three-quarters of the growing area of La Paz, helping to sequester carbon. Farms over 1,300 meters ASL are surrounded by primary cloud forest reserves, which enrich their soils.
A Precision Process Coffee is selectively harvested at its peak with exacting precision—less than 1% unripe is permitted. It's then fully washed, and sun dried at Benesai mill before it is packed and shipped.

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Farmer Support and Training
We have long-standing relationships with many of our farmers from this region. Through our Farmer Support Organization (FSO) we have helped many local farmers become efficient producers while adhering to environmental and socially responsible practices. In many cases, they've received international recognition. Our producers have contact with buyers and roasters, and have developed many close, collaborative relationships.
Protecting Water Resources
Through Volcafe Way, we've put several programs in place to protect local water resources. We've developed water treatment systems to treat grey water generated on farms, and keep local water sources free of contaminants. Springs and rivers have been protected through the reforestation of their banks. And the pulp resulting from wet milling is processed and converted into compost that can be used to enrich soil.
La Paz – West Valley Translation: Peace Coffee HARVESTING DEC 2016-FEB 2017 A round cup with a delicate finish, and intense citric acidity, this cup boasts excellent clarity and bright flavor.
  • Flavor Excellent clarity and bright flavor; peaches apricot and tangerine present
  • Body Round cup with delicate smooth finish
  • Acidity Intense citric acidity with sweet sugary notes
  • 1 - Fragrance/Aroma
  • 2 - Flavor
  • 3 - Acidity
  • 4 - Balance
  • 5 - Body
  • 6 - Aftertaste
  • 7 - Overall
  • Cupping Score: 84+
  • Quality: Fancy SHB West Valley Specialty Preparation (Max 5 secondary defects / cero primary)
  • Producer: Carefully selected farms from the West Valley community
  • Variety: Catuaí, Caturra, Obata, Venecia & Villa Sarchí
  • Processing: Only fresh cherries; fully washed; fermented in tanks and patio dried
  • Altitude: 1,200 to 1,600 meters ASL
  • Harvest: December to February
  • Packing: 65lb box  What’s this?
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