Costa Rica Finca Las Casas 

Tastes Like : Jasmine florals, Earl Grey tea, stone fruit, strawberry cream

Origin : Costa Rica

Region : Alajuela

Varietal : Geisha

Altitude : 1500-1600 m

Process : Natural

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Vista al Valle (‘View of the valley’) is a micro mill owned and operated by Oldermar Arrieta Lobo, Marlene Brenas Morera and their three sons. They established the mill in 2012 after learning the operation and management in their neighbour’s mill many years prior. It now services their three farms; Zapote, Fidel and La Casa, aptly named as it surrounds their family home!

 

The mill itself is no stranger to success, having processed multiple Cup Of Excellence (COE) winning lots from the three family farms. Most remarkably Finca Fidel finished in first place in the Cup of Excellence 2013, in only it’s second year in operation. As for Las Casas, it has achieved a 7th and 10th place in COE, a remarkable achievement.

 

The family have a strong focus on environmental management (one of the sons is an agronomist), committing to maintain protected native flora areas on all of their farms. They also undertake annual comprehensive soil analysis and low impact leaf rust prevention programs to ensure excellent quality without creating adverse environmental outcomes.