Processes & Techiniques
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,100
- 3 – 5 Years to Mature Plants,100
- Picking the Cherries – Nov Thru March,100
- Remove Outside Shells ,100
- Drying the Beans – 25 thru 50 days Under Sun,100
- De-shelling the beans at 13% hum. – Machine or Mortar and Pestle,100
- Roasting – 25 mins for Light or 30 mins for Dark Roast,100
- Cooling & Grinding,100
- Packaging – Recycled Fibers and Biodegradable Plastic,100
- Sales and Shipping around the World