Lot#35 San Cristóbal
Producer: Eduardo Navarro Jimenez
Honesty as a philosophy of life, work as a mean to achieve better living conditions, persistence to get out from adversity and prudence as a key ingredient for a life dedicated to the production of coffee.
These principles summarize a life tenacity. Eduardo Navarro Jiménez; architect of a small business that was originated in the 40s and which his children try to preserve and grow up.
San Cristobal Norte Farm is located in San Cristobal Norte, Frailes, Desamparados. It was acquired in 1945 by Apolonio Navarro Valverde as representative of his son Eduardo Navarro Jimenez. Its cost was about 7.000 colones in payments of 2.000 colones per year. The farm started with cane plantain, and the production of beans. Our father tells us that shortly after purchasing the property, they decided to diversify the products, that first were family self-supply, and then the coffee plantation was implemented to innovate and look for new openings.
The coffee variety at that time, was called Arabigo; and it was purchased at a price of 0.10 cents. It was in adobe system, placed where oxen could get in with a cart due to the difficult road conditions. Nearby 1948 the main roads in rural areas were difficult to access and therefore, the price of coffee incorporates a key element to place it in an accessible place, resulting in an impossible mission. Finally, the coffee was delivered with little ground, which is known as “escoba” (broom).
Arabigo variety coffee presented excellent features; coarse grain, high ratio and very good maturation. However, the period of this exceptional maturation occurred during the month of October and November, time characterized by high rainfall that made it difficult not only to collect the bean, but also to transport it, since they had to bring coffee to San Isidro del Guarco where the Mill was located. The losses due to the fall of the coffee, the high costs of transport and the invested time, made it necessary to investigate some type of coffee that were more resistant to humidity.
After planting 15 hectares of coffee, the decision taken was to gradually replace the Arabica variety to “caturra”. This new coffee variety own high capacity to harvest consistent to the weather conditions; due to its resistant to water precipitation.
In the farm today, we select the best plants and the best mature coffee beans to hold a batch of 7 bags of coffee with 69 kilograms each. The objective of this particular selection is to get the finest coffee.
San Cristóbal lot treatment is a full natural process, this means that the coffee beans that reach the profit in ripe fruit, during the process is separated from any impurity, so than we obtain only the grains in ripe fruit, the taken to the “patios” and dried with the pulp and mucilage causing a flavor in exceptional rate. This process allows us to control the way in which coffee seeds adhere the sugars and the natural sweetness of the mucilage and the cherry in order to offer an exceptional coffee.
The lot from San Cristóbal farm has good body, complex acidity and citrus notes without falling into the excesses of sweetness that dull complex acidity.
For our father and the family is a pleasure to share the passion to produce a high quality coffee with its traceability from the farm to the final client.
We believe in values of rectitude, humility, honesty, transparency, teamwork, persistence, and constant tenacity, that make us stand as coffee producers that seek excellence not only in our plantations as it is; but also being able to generate synergies with international buyers who “believe in what we believe”, to provide sustainability to the coffee activity in long term to benefit of our family, importers, roasters and final consumers.
|Farm Name||San Cristobal|
|Farmer/Rep.||Eduardo Navarro Jimenez|
|Region||Distrito San Cristobal|
|Program||Costa Rica 2018|
|Aroma/Flavor||Black berry, dark chocolate, orange candy, tobacco, grapes, plums, lime juice|
|Other||Juicy, clean, smooth, intense|
|Auction Lot Size (lbs.)||1058.218858|