Origin trip: Visiting Costa Rica

Alejandro Garcia one of the founders of Thrive

In early 2013 Tyler Zimmer (Kaldi's Green Coffee Buyer) and I split duty visiting with coffee producers, processors and exporter in the countries of Nicaragua, El Salvador and Costa Rica. My leg of the trip consisted of a week touring the countryside of Costa Rica starting near the cloud forest of Monteverde in a small community named San Rafael. In San Rafael I witnessed first hand The SanRafael Coffee Initiative which is credited by their website as the genesis of Thrive Farmers http://www.thrivefarmers.com/thrive-farmers/the-thrive-story

At the Costa Rica Helsar De Zarcero Farm

For two days I was warmly welcomed into the community and treated like family by Ken Lander, Alejandro Garcia and many other Thrive Farmer participants. While in SanRafael I connected with my good friend Bob Garver of Wick Joe Coffee in Brunswick, ME. Bob and I spent the next 4 days traveling through Naranjo, Helsar de Zarcero and Tarrazu visiting with producers, cupping coffees and making selections on coffees to bring in.  We hope you enjoy this year’s selections as much as we do.

Costa Rica Fina Coralillo producer Franco Garbanzo & his son

More to come on coffees from the Panama Lerida Estate. 

Josh Ferguson