COSTA RICA, CAFÉ RIVENSE / LA GUACA
Café Rivense is a family-run micromill, established in 2005 by Regulo Ureña and Isabel Rojas. All their sons – Ricardo, Mario, Esteban and Luis – are deeply involved in running the farm. It’s located in mid-southern part of Costa Rica, in a micro region called Chirripó.
It’s how well organized it is, with each family member working on specific tasks they specialize in. Through the years of sustainable grow, they’ve managed to take control of every step of the coffee production, literally from picking the cherry, through processing and dry milling, to loading and sealing the container which they export independently.
It’s the high sustainability factor. The biodiversity on the farm is amazing, with many indigenous plants and trees all over the plantations. The system of proper shade management, fertilization based on annual soil analysis, a truly minimal usage of water during the processes and a full traceability of the final products.
Located at around 1700 masl, La Guaca plantation refers to the place where centuries ago native inhabitants used to bury their deceased relatives together with their belongings, typically cooking stuff but also gold. When years later the people came to work at this land, they noticed several flat surfaces indicating a “Guaca” might be there. Nobody found any gold, but the holes they digermanium as an indication that someone thought they came across a gold mine!
Many years later the gold that the Ureña family has found at this piece of land occurred to be a great potential for coffee quality, and because of that Isabel decided to call the plantation La Guaca.