Oldemar Salazar

The Coffee Grower – Short Film by Monterverde Now

What could coffee possibly have to do with climate change? Well, just about everything. For decades coffee was Costa Rica’s biggest source of income, driving the transformation of hundreds of thousands of hectares of tropical forest into endless rows of coffee that require carbon-based fertilizers and pesticides. Oldemar Salazar worked the conventional plantations for years,…

Bella Tica Organic Coffee Process


Heavy Chemicals – Coffee is the heaviest chemically treated food commodity in the world. The most common chemical used in coffee production is synthetic petroleum based fertilizers which slowly destroy the soil’s fertility and seep into local water supplies. Deforestation – Coffee trees do not naturally grow in direct sunlight, but under the shade of…