Tico selection has always come from the West valley in Costa Rica. Throughout the years, our partners worked with a local exporter to provide even better quality and increase social impact in the area. This has resulted in a coffee with better traceability, at a fair price for the Country. The concept of the project is to source a consistent volume of traceable, quality differentiated coffee whilst supporting a small and specific community in Naranjo. The farms producing our TICO are part of an environmental project called NAMA, which aim is to reduce greenhouse gas.
The overarching goal of the Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) Café de Costa Rica is to produce and process coffee in Costa Rica in a low-emission, sustainable fashion. With total funding of 10 million US $, the NAMA Café aims to reduce GHG emissions and improve resource use efficiency at the level of both coffee plantations and coffee mills. These actions will create the first low-emission coffee worldwide and give Costa Rican coffee producers access to new markets. In practice, what does it mean? Well, that there are a fund allocated to producers and mill owners to enable technical and feasibility studies, financial assistance, capacity building measures, and other awareness-raising activities (for ex. it can be training on Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and improved resource management on coffee farms, the financing of compost turners... and so on). The producers get help from agronomists from Coopro Naranjo in order to control the maturation levels and determine the ideal point of harvest based on Brix measurement. The coffee is pulped and washed using advanced Penagos equipment to ensure consistent and efficient processing. Everything is done in order to produce a beautiful clean cup from the producer, to the Coop, and to you.
The coffee comes from six mountain ranges in the zone of Naranjo: Barranca, Cañuela, San Juanillo, Los Robles, Lourdes, and Sabanilla. The farms gathering to produce our TICO coffee are all located between 1300 and 1700 MASL. They are chosen based on the quality of their coffee. Superior quality is assured through the selection of strictly ripe cherry exclusively from the middle of the harvest. The coffee is milled at Coopro Naranjo’s main drying mill.