Origin: Costa Rica
Region: San Jose Province, Brunca region, Chirripo
Producer: Ureña Rojas Family
Altitude: 1600 - 1825 masl
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 not that far away from the capital, San Jose, but the long and winding drive through the middle of the mountain range can pose a serious belly challenge for many gringos.
Ureña's farm is impressively well organised, with each family member working on specific tasks they specialise 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.
The biodiversity on the farm is amazing, with many indigenous plants and tree tops 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 – this all made us greatly impressed and sure we’re dealing with 100% pros here!
La Fila is the name of the small plantation where this coffee grow -
A “fila” means “row” and the plantation’s name refers to a part of the land that is more exposed to wind and sun, making growing conditions for any plants harder.
Especially here a proper shade management is vital to achieve high scoring coffee and in this case banana trees do a great job.
What’s super interesting, this plantation located at around 1600 masl is planted with this villalobos cultivar we’ve never tried before. It’s a natural mutation of typica that used to be grown before the introduction of caturra and catuai in Costa Rica back in the 60’s. Villalobos is very consistent between crops and regains its strength quickly after the picking season. It also captivated us when we got our first sip, showcasing an elegant and juicy coffee with sweet depth
notes of raspberry, lychee and stone fruit.