Costa Rica is one of the top producers of coffee, and, as their number three export, is incredibly important to the country’s economy. Arabica coffee was first introduced to the country directly from Ethiopia in the late 1770’s. Like many countries’ governments, 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.
Finca La Roca is owned by Francisco Rojas Camacho. The Chico lot was grown at Finca Roca and processed at Beneficio AFAORCA. The Association of Organic Families of the Caraigres Hills (AFAORCA) is an organization based in the Tarrazu Valley. There are 28 organic farming families who make up the membership and produce exclusively certified organic coffee. AFAORCA was founded in 1996 and aims to improve the production, processing, marketing and legislation of organic coffee, with the overall goal to improve the livelihoods of the families involved. AFAORCA own a café in Tarbaca which allows them to offer employment to producers in the off season and organic education for the general public.