OUR HISTORY

After a lifetime of experience as coffee producers, we decided to create our own small business in 2006.

Bella Tica started as a young but experienced company based on the production of high quality organic coffee roasting & packaging products for sale.

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OXO Biodegrable
USDA Organic Certification

PROCESSES & TECHNIQUES

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.

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.

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 100%

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