Costa Rica Hacienda Candelaria RFA
La Candelaria estate is large for Costa Rica standards, and puts ample resources into environmental stewardship. The estate is located in the vicinity of Palmares, in the Alajuela province. Alajuela is part of Costa Rica’s well-known West Valley, one of the country’s most historic coffee regions. La Candelaria is 150 hectares of blended coffee production and natural forest preserve. Hans Aeberhard, the owner and manager since 1980, runs both a native wildlife protection program and a reforestation program on the estate, in addition to maintaining Rain Forest Alliance certification.
In the greater community La Candelaria seeks to make an impact as well, by providing economic aid to the nearby rural school, which is used for nutrition and learning supplies. When it comes to coffee, Hans processes and mills on property where he can oversee a variety of techniques. This washed lot is a standard depulped, fermented, washed, and screen-dried blend of cultivars from across La Candelaria.
Light medium roast. Sweet, clean and tart with a smooth mouthfeel; bakers chocolate, almond, and toffee. Very versatile, this coffee can be used for drip, pour-over, cold brew, or single origin espresso.