Costa Rica Tarrazu “Maria Rita” Micro Lot

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Berries, Lime, Grapefruit and Juniper
Region: Los Santos, Canton Aserrrí, in the province of San José capital
Growing Altitude: 15,600 – 1,700 masl
Arabica Variety: Catuai, Caturra
Harvest Period: December – January
Milling Process: Fully washed










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Walter Valverde Salazar has been growing specialty coffee on his farm “Maria Rita” for over 20 years. It is located in the Los Santos, Canton Aserrri region. Although the production on his 2 hectare farm in small, he takes great pride in the husbandry of his Catuai and Caturra varietal plants. The farm is approximately 15,000 meters, of which 10,000 are cultured Caturra varieties and some Catuai. It receives the morning sunlight and is kept cool by cloudiness in the afternoons, and has a variety of fruit trees that provide shade in the Summer. He also attributes the high quality of his coffee to his practice of fertilizing twice a yearly. With the technical assistance and beneficio provided by ASOPROAAA, Walter has been able to establish consistent quality and improve the yield on his farm. Walter is excited that the “Maria Rita” name is being recognized and appreciated by the consumer. The name of the farm that Don Walter gave it is in honor and memory of his mother, Maria Rita Salazar. Don Walter is a very simple person and humble with exceptional virtues in coffee production.

You may ask what does ASOPROAAA stand for?

ASOPROAAA is an association dedicated to agribusiness, especially coffee and cattle, with 1,151 active members, 200 families working in agroforestry and coffee, 300 families involved in cattle, 807 families with housing benefits, and 30 families producing organic fertilizers. The Association has the ability to manage FCL and small lots of superior coffee from Tarrazú, Acosta and Aserrí. They function like a small cooperative, supporting their associates and looking for new profiles every crop. They are constant and active participants for Cup of Excellence. Many past Cup Of Excellence auction lots come from ASOPROAAA. Its acronym stands for: “Asociación de Productores Agropecuarios de las Comunidades de Acosta y Aserrí,” which translates to “Agricultural Producers Association of the Communities from Aserrí and Acosta.”

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