Costa Rica Valle Del Sol
Black Sugar, Carambola, Peanut Butter
Café Valle del Sol is a blend produced by various smallholder members of Coope Victoria. These producers all farm land in one of Costa Rica’s most important coffee zones: the Western Central Valley.
Valle del Sol means ‘Sunny Valley’, a brand name that has long belonged to Coope Victoria, who represent and work with some of the best farmers in the area around Grecia. Coffee is selectively hand harvested and delivered to the Cooperative’s wet mill (usually around 10 km away, depending on the producer) on the same day that it is picked. For washed coffees, the cherries are pulped and then fermented for around 12 hours. After this, the coffee is washed in clean water and is then delivered to dry. Due to the often wet weather conditions, the coffee is dried at slow, even temperatures in Guardiolas fed by indirect heat. Finally, it is stored in parchment for up to a month to ensure that humidity is even and correct before it is milled for export.