ABOUT THE FARMER
More about this specialty coffee farmer and our direct import program
Gaia Artisan Coffee
INNOVATION IN AGRICULTURE
Fernando and Angie own coffee plantations in the Western Valley of Costa Rica. This region has been called one of the most complex due to its microclimates. Morning sunshine, afternoon rain, volcanic soils and high elevations without frost... coffee growing paradise! This region also accumulates an extremely high percentage of Cup of Excellence winners.
Their estate is located at more than 1800 meters above sea level. Their goal is to find the most ideal processing methods for each variety that they harvest.
Fernando is an agricultural engineer and has been cultivating new hybrid F-1 coffee varieties. These have been developed by recognised coffee research organisations worldwide, including the World Coffee Research, with the intention of developing genetic diversity. These varieties are stronger against climate change and plant diseases than their local counterparts and have a higher production yield.
Angie recently acquired her Q-grader certification. Her tasting skills and dedication means that the quality of the coffee they produce will only continue to improve by combining their knowledge in cultivation all the way to processing, roasting and up to the final cup result.
These varieties make their land not only more productive than average, but result in amazing quality coffees with high SCA cupping scores. Gaia participates every year in the Specialty Coffee Association's Cup of Excellence competitions, where only the best coffees in the world take part.
Located in Llano Bonito of Naranjo, West Valley of Costa Rica, the plantation is recognised for its specialty coffee production.
The plantation has 100% F1 Hybrid varieties, through which specific processes have been developed to bring out the natural flavors of the coffee.
Altitude: 1800 above sea level
Main variety: Milenio
Other Varieties: Centroamericano, Esperanza, Casiopea, L13A22 and Excelencia.
Processes: natural, honey, anaerobic, washed.
Flavor profile: In the cup one can experience flavors of peach, grapefruit, tropical fruits such as papaya, ripe orange and apricot.
Plantation size: 11.6 hectares
This coffee is imported via 'direct trade', without intermediaries. This means that the farmer gets more than a fair price and the money earned with coffee is distributed honestly. All our coffees are 'single estate' from micro-lots which have been carefully selected and processed. The highest quality coffee, straight from the hands of the farmer to your cup.