Our History

After a lifetime of experience as coffee producers, we decided to create our own small business in 2006. We started Bella Tica Cafe, a young but experienced company based on the production of high quality organic coffee roasting and packaging products for sale.
Bird Friendly
Shade Grown
Recyclable
OXO Biodegradable Plastic
USDA Organic

Processes & Techiniques

Oldemar grows his coffee plants with a shade-growing technique.

This means that there are other trees and plants mixed in the field that provide shade and nutrients to the coffee plants. Coffee shells are spread in the plantation to add fertilizer and nutrients to the soil as well.

Challenges

A big problem at Bella Tica’s farm is a fungus called Coffee Rust.

The fungus caused him to lose a lot of his crop this year. It grows in warm and humid weather, which has been amplified in this region by climate change. He has a few plants which are resistant to the Coffee Rust and he hopes to grow more of these plants in the future. The rust causes the plants to die, so new ones must be germinated and planted. It can take 3-5 years for a plant to be mature enough to produce coffee beans. This valuable time is a great loss for a coffee farmer.

The competition drove us to the decision to go completely organic.

Since the bankruptcy of the Santa Luis co-op, many farms have decided to start carrying out the entire production process of coffee on site. This has created a lot of competition in the area, and La Bella Tica decided that they must do something to set themselves apart from the rest and stay afloat by going organic.

 
Planting/Shade Grown/Natural Nutrients
3 - 5 Years to Mature Plants
Picking the Cherries - Nov Thru March
Remove Outside Shells
Drying the Beans - 25 thru 50 days Under Sun
De-shelling the beans at 13% hum. - Machine or Mortar and Pestle
Roasting - 25 mins for Light or 30 mins for Dark Roast
Cooling & Grinding
Packaging - Recycled Fibers and Biodegradable Plastic
Sales and Shipping around the World
There are over 50 different parts of the coffee-making process from planting to an actual cup of coffee. Every part of the process must be completed carefully to preserve the taste of the coffee.

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