Aromas del Valle, or Scents of the Valley, refers to the Dota Valley, in the heart of Tarrazu, the fifth canton in the province of Jan Jose. Farmers in Santa Maria de Dota enjoy the most abundant harvests in the country, averaging 3,800 pounds per hectare. Farms are prolific but small, with average farm sizes around 3.5 hectares (8.6 acres). During the harvest season, from November through March, farms bustle with activity as more than 780,000 bushels of rich, ripe cherries are hand harvested and brought to local receiving stations. Beneficio San Diego is the most modern and one of the largest mills in Costa Rica. It was established in 1888 and now specializes in the Tarrazu and Tres Rios areas. It takes pride in striving for ever-increasing efficiency and quality standards, while working closely with producers to ensure good community relations and sustainable production for years to come.
Region Santa Maria de Dota
12 producers from the community of Santa Maria de Dota
Red and yellow Catuai and Caturra
Lauded for its leadership in ecological preservation, Costa Rica has a full 25 percent of its territory under environmental protection. The coffee industry is tightly regulated, with rules prescribing that fully ripe cherries must be collected by hand and processed the same day. Mills also comply with strict regulations governing water usage and the composting of their cherry husks and mucilage. Costa Rica’s exacting quality requirements and diverse microclimates contribute to a variety of high-quality specialty coffees that boast a rich diversity of flavors and characteristics — from high acidity to sweet chocolaty and malty flavors.
Suggested Roast – Medium to Medium Dark
Red Apple, Dark Chocolate and Nougat with Mild Acidity
Whole Bean, Cold Brew, French Press, Keurig-Single Serve, Regular-Pour Over, Electric Perk, Drip, Auto Drip, Fine, Extra Fine, Espresso
Light, Medium, Medium/Dark, Dark
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