Costa Rica is one of the top producers of coffee. Coffee is Costa Rica’s number three export. Coffee exporting is incredibly important to the country’s economy. Arabica coffee was first introduced to the country directly from Ethiopia in the late 1770’s. The Costa Rican government encouraged farming by offering plots of land to farmers who wanted to grow and harvest the plants. By 1829, coffee production was a larger source of revenue than tobacco, cacao, and sugar cane. Today, many Nicaraguan immigrants are often employed as seasonal workers on plantations to harvest coffee during peak seasons.
Noylin Naranjo Natural
Finca Los Papillos is owned by the Cabezas Mora family and is managed by Miguel Angel Cabezas, his son Luis Miguel, and his wife, Miriam Mora Salazar, and their other two children Noylin and Jonathan. Though they mostly cultivate the Villa Sarchi varietal, they also have been working with the Sarchimor varietal on a small plot. The Noylin lot was harvested from Los Papillos and processed through the Coopnaranjo cooperative’s micro lot program. This program captures specialty quality lots and works with producers who consistently harvest high quality coffee. These micro lots are processed in an area separate from the main mill.