Mr. Barrantes says, “Santa Lucía coffee farm has participated in all the COE events of Costa Rica since 2007. It is an organic farm, certified by Control Union under the NOP, EU and JAS standards, and we are also certified carbon neutral. We produce bananas, lemons and avocados besides coffee.
“Located at 1700 meters above sea level, the average Celsius temperature is 22º and the rainfall 2500 mm. We produce Caturra, Villalobos, Typica and Catuaí and are also making our way into the Geisha and Bourbon varieties. We think we have significantly improved in quality as we have renovated 40% of the area and increased the inoculations of microorganisms resulting in a more consistent cup.
“We have worked in organic production for more than 15 years and we have gone through difficult situations to be able to implement it, but we have managed to go ahead and inculcate an environmental and sustainable awareness in the whole family.
“I was born with visual problems so I dedicated the farm to Santa Lucia. Also my oldest daughter is named Lucia. Our participation in CoE has been very enriching, because this project has introduced us to the world with our quality and particularities. Nowadays, we are known and recognized everywhere. CoE has been a forefront for our sales and is very important to our customers that we take part in this contest. I hope someday to win CoE and give the satisfaction to my parents who have always supported me and given their life to coffee.”