REGION: DOTA, TARAZZU VARIETAL: RED CATURRA FARM: FINCA VENDAVAL ALTITUDE: 1800 - 2000 M
FARMER: CALDERON FAMILY ROAST: MEDIUM LIGHT
Our new micro-lot offers a bright citrus-lime and berry undertones along with a creamy and bold dark chocolate body. This coffee was awarded 1st place in the 2011 Cup of Excellence.
Located in the Tarrazu region in the town of Santa Maria de Dota, this tiny 12 acre farm sits at the very high elevation of 1950 meters, well over 6000 feet. The La Estrella farm is owned by the Calderon family. They operate their own Los Angeles wetmill so they control every aspect of the coffee from growing to processing.
Luis Ricardo Calderón received this 4 hectares property from his father about 15 years ago with the aim of having a coffee farm. In 1999, Luis Ricardo and his wife, Lourdes Castillo, started sowing the land. Lourdes helped with the administration of their few goods and their sons helped with the farm labors. Coffee began producing in the ensuing years and, until a few years ago, the Calderons sold their production to a large local wetmill where it was merged with coffee cherry being collected from other area farms. Then the Calderons decided to install their own micromill, and their efforts resulted in coffee separately grown, processed and identified as theirs alone. The coffee was entered into the competition where it was vetted first by a national, and later an international jury. The rest, they say, is history.
In the 2011 Cup of Excellence auction coffee of this origin sold for $20 a pound unroasted, putting it well above $40 a pound once exported and roasted. It attained a jury score of 90.38 points making it a Presidential Award winner. All of the 2011 auction winning lot was sold to roasters in Japan and Taiwan. We are fortunate to have begun this new relationship with the Calderons and look forward to more from them in the years ahead. And, at our price, this coffee is a real value.