Our Difference

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A Better Way to get a great Cup of Coffee: Know Thy Farmer

 

Our Mountain Crafted Coffees™ are grown, roasted & packed by small farmers cooperatives in its natural environment making them of true known origin. Beyond fair trade, sustainable and exceptional specialty coffees.

Mountain Crafted Coffees™ are coffees that are produced in a socially responsible way and follow sustainability practices.

 

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At the Costa Rica Coffee Shop, we have a very small goal, we just want to change the whole coffee industry. After discovering how coffee farmers cooperative produced the most amazing coffees in a sustainable way, we set out to let everyone know about it, and hopefully change forever the coffee industry.

 

We fervidly believe that coffees should be roasted at origin by the grower, in order to guarantee the best possible quality, and nobody does it better than small farmers cooperatives.

 

By bringing farmers and consumers closer together, we foster a positive cycle that provides more resources to farmers, empowering them to produce even better healthier natural products that are of true known origin.

The Zen of Coffee

 

In your quest for the best cup of coffee, the path will undeniably take you high up tropical mountains. The best coffee you’ll ever taste was carefully grown, recently picked, promptly preped, and roasted at the farm. Short of taking your coffee in the mountain, there will always be a trade-off.

 

We either buy cheap coffee from large corporations, which does not taste or feel very well, but gets the job done or pay for expensive boutique coffee that is generally quite good, but not the most cost effective. Coffee farmers cooperatives offer the best path to amazing coffees.

Aged Misconceptions

Because for decades we’ve been let to believe that great coffee is the one that is freshly roasted, we find ourselves limiting our options. It’s in the interest of roasters to say that ultra fresh is the secret to good coffee, but it is not.

The point is that no matter how you roasted or prepare it, you cannot turn bad coffee into great coffee, great coffee can only be made by the farmer.

 

Coffee quality determinants are overwhelming at origin

According to Texas A&M  University Norman Borlaug Institute research, factors like time from picking to processing and preparation have a dramatic impact on the quality of the coffee. For each hour that passes after  3 hours of picking, coffee looses almost a point in the Specialty Coffee Association.

 

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Improper fermentation or just not enough fermentation, impacts coffee almost as much, it can lose up to 5 points. Mishandling in these early stages of the coffee custody chain has a dramatic impact on quality, more so that at any other stage. Specialty grade  coffee can be turned into industrial grade in matter of hours.

 

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It makes sense that as much as possible value is added at origin. This will guarantee that farmers have enough resources to produce great coffees in a sustainable way

 

Improving the Coffee Custody Chain

Coffee quality is preserved when the farmer manages the whole process, making high quality coffees (Specialty and Gourmet) more abundant and at lower price. There are also gains in efficiency that translate into lower cost. All this adds up to better coffees at lower prices for consumers and more income for farmers.

Coffee farmers cooperatives produce some of the most amazing coffees you’ll ever taste, they have collective knowledge, experience and resources to produce truly exceptional coffees with the utmost respect for their land. Every part of the art of creating these wonderful coffees are in the hands of devoted craftsmen and craftswomen.

 

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This level of sustainability, efficiency and craftsmanship have created a very singular product, one that stand by itself. Mountain Crafted Coffees are a game changer, they simply are more efficient in delivering value.

 

Mountain Crafted Coffees™ are coffees that are produced in a socially responsible way and follow sustainability practices.