Costa Rica is famous for being the birthplace of the Micro-mill Revolution--a movement that empowered small scale farmers and changed coffee quality forever. The Tarrazu region in which the El Vendaval farm sits has steep hills and deep valleys, but has accolades of its own and is recognized for having one of the best micro-climates for coffee cultivation in the world. Judging by the farm’s precarious placement amongst these peaks, and the Calderon family’s leadership in the Micro-mill Revolution, one can only assume they will stop at nothing to produce great coffee. And that they do. This year’s batch is vibrant and exotic, with a sugary sweetness as rich as its history.
Santa Maria, Dota, Tarrazu
1900 - 2100 Meters
December - April
Hibiscus, Sugar Cane, Vibrant
Among the original Micro-mill Revolutionaries, the Calderon family built their formidable Los Angeles micro-mill in the early 2000s upon leaving the Coopedota cooperative. Prior to the Micro-mill Revolution, farmers would deliver cherries to a centralized mill like Coopedota. By establishing their own, private micro-mills; farmers for the first time could take control of processing and marketing their coffees and furthermore establish direct relationships with buyers.
The Calderon Family calls home to the beautiful town of Santa María in Dota, Tarrazu where they have an amazing infrastructure of farms. El Vendaval, one of their largest farms, sits high atop the peaks of Tarrazu with bursting trees of bright red Catuai. These trees are situated on very steep hillsides, which allow for amazing soil complexity and presence of sunlight for ample nutrition to the trees.
The landscape of Tarrazu is filled with many peaks and valleys in the central area of the Cordillera Talamanca. The slopes can be extremely treacherous, but the final product is well worth the trouble, as Tarrazu is widely considered one of the best places on earth to grow coffee.
We believe the coffee experience is our responsibility from seed to cup. Coffee is our craft, our ritual, our passion. It drives us and inspires us. With this simple truth and responsibility we are bridging the gap from farmlevel to streetlevel. We are verve. Made in santa cruz.