Carlos Arrieta - Costa Rica Finca Carlos Arrieta Washed Caturra SEPTEMBER 2013
The farm is so small they don't have a name for it, it's just called Carlos Arrieta after the man who tends to the land. The farm is located in the Western Valley region neat to the town of Lourdes De Naranjo. It's located at 1600 meters above sea level, and contains mostly Caturra with a tiny bit of Villa Sarchi. It produces between 600-900 kg a year.
Carlos runs the farm with his wife and his children, Maria Isabel, Yesica, Karen, Stephen, and Jose Ignacio. He has owned the farm for 40 years but has just this year, for the first time, processed the coffee himself. Because he has never been able to present his coffee to a buyer before, he sent it to the exporter we use in Costa Rica.
I got to meet Carlos at the exporter's office on the last day of my time in Costa Rica this year. He arrived around 10 minuets after I had cupped the first table of coffees, where I had found one lot that was making me sing. It just had to be his.
Here ensued the worst negotiation for buying coffee ever. I start "How much do you want?" He replies "How much do you like it?" I reply "A lot" he replies "I'd like a lot then please" to which I replied "OK". Luckily at this point a grown up from the exporters stepped in and made sure I didn't give Carlos my house and my car and my pension plan, and agreed a price that rewarded Carlos more than he had ever gotten before and left me with a home to return to.
And watch the in my mug here