COSTA RICA, Microlot Vista al Valle, Black Honey
Bright complexity in cup, hints of strawberry, coconut, mint, lemon and a finish with tropical flavours.
On the terroir of Naranjo, in the Costa Rican West Valley, Oldemar and his wife Marlene cultivate this Villa Sarchi variety on their farm Vista al Valle at 1550 masl. This black honey processed microlot is produced in the beneficio of the farm. Black honey means you leave as much mucilage as possible during pulping. The cup will be close to a natural processed coffee profile.
VISTA AL VALLE
With the hilltop at 1500 and 1600 masl, the Vista al Valle finca is located in the West Valley, on the terroir of Lourdes de Naranjo on the slopes of the Poas volcano. Vista al Valle literally means "Valley View". This sets the scene. This 20-hectare farm produces varieties Caturra, Pacamara and Villa sarchi. Coffees are dried under greenhouses or under the sun. The coffee plants benefit from those fertile and volcanic soil and a micro-climate associated with their geolocation. Oldemar and Marlene own three farms: La Casa, Fidel and Zapote. All the coffees they produce are processed in Vista al valle. The crop is hand-made and for each microlot delivery, they measure the Brix level in the cherries (sugar level) before drying. They also produce bourbon, SL28 (from Kenya), caturra, villa sarchi, geisha. The volcanic soil is rich in nutrients and the river provides them with all the water necessary for their consumption or coffee production, and natural woodlands full of parrots and monkeys on the farm make it a beautiful and peaceful place to visit.
THE STORY OF THE PRODUCER
The 3 farms are managed by the Arrieta family. Oldemar and his wife Marlene have three children Jorge Luis, Marco and Francisco Javier. To each one his task, Jorge Luis for example is agronomist and Francisco works in the mill. Before owning Vista al valle Oldemar and Marlene have worked in coffee for many years. They are from a long line of producers, their great-great-grandfather Florindo Seguro was already involved in coffee growing. The land used to be livestock pasture but with its warm weather and regular but moderate rains it’s also perfect for coffee production. They built their own factory in 2012 and won the cup of excellence in 2013 with a microlot from their farm Hacienda Fidel. This reward has pushed them to innovate more and always strive for better quality. They have therefore diversified the cultivated varieties in addition to caturra and villa sarchi. They planted in 2014 bourbon, SL28 and geisha. Marco likes to say: "Someone who loves what he does is doomed to success".
Background info on the Villa Sarchi varietal: