La Catarata Natural - Costa Rica
La Catarata Natural - Costa Rica
La Catarata Natural - Costa Rica


La Catarata Natural - Costa Rica

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La Catarata, which has become somewhat of a trademark at CleverCoffee, now comes in a new variant. This time it is not a Black Honey - but a Natural!

  • Origin: Chirripo, Costa Rica
  • Variety: Red Catuaí
  • Process: Natural
Title:250 g
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We recommend that you give the coffee a rest period of 2-4 weeks after roasting. Here you will experience that the taste and aroma of the coffee has opened up.

The coffee

It is both new and familiar.

You may know the name La Catarata, but we guarantee you haven't tried this one yet.

La Catarata Natural – named so because of its natural process instead of the black honey process known from the classic La Catarata.

La Catarata Natural is a Costa Rican coffee from the Chirripó region, grown and fermented by our long-time partners at Café Rivense. Instead of the caramel flavor of black honey coffee, La Catarata natural has more fruity notes of juicy red apple and dried apricot.

What is natural processing?

Natural coffee is made from coffee berries that are dried exactly as they are - which is why it is called as it is. This means with both pulp and skin still on the berry.

This differs from honey processed coffee, where the skin is removed from the coffee berry and the pulp is left behind when the coffee berries are dried. And ed washed coffee is removed everything except the bean.

Honey processed coffee is known to have more syrupy and caramel-like flavor notes, while the natural processing typically produces more fruity notes and is less complex. You will also find that in this new version of an old favorite.

The farm

Café Rivense del Chirripó, was founded in the 1940s by Ricardo's great-grandparents. Today it is run by Ricardo, his father Régulo and his brother Esteban. The family-owned farm did not have much of a tailwind from the start, where factors such as low market prices, lack of information about coffee production and financing in the area played a big role for the family. The family had recently settled in the region and outsiders predicted the project would fail.

Fortunately, it didn't work out that way; the family's hard work bore fruit, and in 2019 one of the farm's microlots was No. 5 in the Cup of Excellence Costa Rica – which was the first time a coffee from the Chirripó region ended up in the COE Top 10.

In addition to growing really good coffee, great consideration will also be given to the environment on the farm. Here, the family has managed to create a sustainable system, where reducing the farm's CO2 emissions is paramount. On the farm, no water is used for the processing itself, and the water that is used is not discharged into nature. The farm is located between two nature reserves, so it is important that water discharge is taken care of.

The family uses as little fertilizer as possible, and instead of regular fertilizer, they use natural fertilizer in the form of the residual products from the coffee. In this way, it all forms part of a circular and natural process.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is the only country in the world where it is decidedly illegal to grow anything other than Arabica coffee. This was established by law in 1989 because Costa Rica wanted to ensure that low quality coffee varieties were planted. In this way, the government hoped to motivate the farmers to strive to grow coffee of the highest quality. It has actually succeeded very well. Of course, not all coffee from Costa Rica is equally good, but in general, coffee from Costa Rica is known to be of very high quality.

Coffee made its way into Costa Rica in the 1700s and in 1829 the income from coffee exports exceeded the income the country had from tobacco and sugar cane. The government saw the potential and started giving free land to farmers to grow coffee. This caused production to explode.

In the beginning, Costa Rica exported their coffee to Chile and Panama from where the coffee was sold under the name Café Chileno de Valparaíso. The coffee was primarily sold to Great Britain, which therefore began to buy the coffee directly from Costa Rica instead.

The export of coffee has helped to secure the country a "rich" middle class which means that the standard of living is generally better in Costa Rica than the countries that lie around them.

This can be seen, among other things, in the fact that there has been no civil war in the country since 1948. This also means that the country no longer has a unified military. There are small independent units that ensure compliance with legislation.

The budget that was previously used to run the military was and still is redistributed to promote education and culture. This has had a major impact on the higher standard of living and the general higher level of education that we see in Costa Rica.

Direct Trade

Why deal directly? Because the farmer is the most important part of the entire chain from bean to cup. Without their work, we would not have the opportunities to roast the fantastic coffees that find their way to our roastery!

In part, it is ethically most important for us to ensure that the coffee farmer gets the payment for his work that he and his employees deserve - and that they need to be able to continue developing these fantastic coffees. When we deal and communicate directly, we help to guarantee that part of the profit for the hard work they do goes to the pickers and the owners of the coffee farm.

Our price

We have paid $9.92/kg to the Ureña family and Café Rivense del Chirripó (FOB).

The market price at the time of the contract was $4.21/kg.

In this case, we have therefore paid 136% above the market price for this coffee.

Typical delivery: 1-2 business days

Typical delivery: 1-2 business days

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