Notes of red apple and honey – a super sweet little micro lot from Finca San Francisco.
Farm: Finca San Francisco
Owner: Edgar Fallas Solis and family
Altitude: 1800 metres above sea level
Varietal: Caturra and Catuai
Region: San Francisco, Tarrazu
San Francisco is the name of a district in the ‘Cordillera Central’ also called ‘La Zona de Los Santos’ but this is also the name of the farm of Edgar Fallas Solis, his wife Ligia and their son William. The family owns 10-12 hectares of coffee intercropped with avocados, citrus and banana trees and is split into different plots ranging from 1,400 to 2,000 metres above sea level. The micro lots are produced at 1,800 + metres above sea level.
Edgar is the second generation to work on this 55-year-old farm originally planted with Caturra and now with the addition of Catuai and Catimor coffee varietals.
Protecting the environment is really important to the Solis family. A lot of biodynamic techniques are used on the farm (such as the use of garlic, chilli, intercropping, etc.) and Edgar is keenly aware of the impact of climate change and of the necessity of adapting his farming. Edgar and Ligia’s son William, took brewing classes for 4 years and now competes at a national level. He is super knowledgeable about the coffee supply chain and quality and plans to take over the farm when his father retires.
At the peak of the season, 15 people work at Finca San Francisco to harvest all the cherries. Edgar and his family are members of the Asoproaaa Co-op where the micro-lots are processed to ensure quality and consistency.
Asoproaaa counts 1,000 members although only 300 are coffee producers (the other 700 are part of other programs handled by the association: such as citrus and cattle farmers). The average size of the farm for members is 5ha for a production of 50 quintals (46.5 kg green) per ha. Coffee varieties grown are mainly Red and Yellow Catuai and Caturra but also some Typica and Geisha. The area produces quite a lot of coffee, but the association only specialises in micro-lots and pays higher prices for quality. The association is also an important agronomic centre for producers in the region and allows access to microcredit.
The quality has been really good this year and our import partners Falcon have noticed an obvious increase in quality every year since they have been working with the association.