LA CUMBRE
LA CUMBRE
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LA CUMBRE

Costa Rica

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Villa Sarchi is one of its most renowned and locally favoured varietals. Very rarely encountered outside Costa Rica, it’s a dwarf Bourbon mutation named after the Sarchi area of the Western Valley in Costa Rica where it was discovered. Like many other varietals which have stayed local to where they were discovered, Villa Sarchi retains a lot of the benefits of its Bourbon parentage (especially taste), but the plant's low height and response to diseases has made it a more convenient and popular choice among Costa Rican producers.

Finca La Cumbre is near the city of San Luis de Grecia. It's in the Alajuela province of the rather famous-for-coffee Western Valley of Costa Rica. Situated around 1,600 metres above sea level, this farm is just a short 5-minute drive away from their other farm, Carmela, which is on the other side of the hill.

Allan has been producing coffee in the area for eighteen years; he grew up in a coffee family and learnt the traditional producing methods alongside his father (Don Joel) and brothers. It was during these early years that he saw the difficulties that came with making a living as a coffee farmer, such as poor returns for what is a very demanding job, and the ever-increasing cost of living.

When Allan inherited La Cumbre (the larger family farm was divided between him and his brothers when Don Joel passed away), he decided to implement changes to improve their lot. During his early years of owning the farm, he used to work as a taxi driver in San Jose by night and managed the farm by day to make ends meet. But it was his dream to own the farm, and he was ardently focused on giving his family that security.

With a mix of willingness to try new things, an eye for detail, and the ability to learn quickly, Allan was able to keep improving his farm. A regular visitor to the wet mill where his coffee was being processed, he took a keen interest in how the processes worked and how the best results could be achieved, which lead him to build his own micro-mill on La Cumbre. He named the new mill after his father. Allan began to work on replanting the land, focusing on high-quality cup profile. The varietals he chose to work with were Caturra, Catuai, and Villa Sarchi.