From West Valley, Costa Rica
From West Valley, Costa Rica
This year, we purchased three different SL28 lots from Volcan Azul. The washed lot is super clean, articulate, and bright. In the cup, we find notes of lemon candy, black cherry, and green apple.
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Producer Castro-Kahle Family
Region Poas, West Valley, Costa Rica
Altitude 1,600 - 1,650 masl
The Castro-Kahle family began producing coffee in the early days of the 19th century. All these years later, the family continues to produce coffee in three different volcanic regions in Costa Rica. At Volcan Azul, a wide and ever growing selection of varieties are planted. VA pushes boundaries of quality and experimentation by continusouly refining the various processing methods used on the farm; creating many distinct varietal expressions. All of this done with an eye towards environmental stewardship. Over the years, the Castro-Kahle family has acquired over 1,500 hectares of Costa Rican rainforest for ecological protection.
About 25% of the coffee grown in Costa Rica comes from the West Valley region. Elevations here range from 900-1400 masl, and the region is blessed with a variety of micro-climates suitable for coffee production. A substantial portion of the country's Cup of Excellence winners come out of the West Valley.
SL-28 is one of the best known and highly sought after varieties in Kenya. It was originally slected in the 1930s by the Scott Laboratories. It is well regarded for its high quality potential, its resistance to draught as well as its rusticity, meaning that it can survive on its own for years and later be brought back into production. Unfortunately, it is highly susceptible to coffee diseases. As such, we see less and less single variety SL from Kenya year after year as farmers naturally choose to rely more on disease resistant hybrids. At the same time, SL-28 it has made its away to Latin America, most notably Costa Rica.
FOB: "Freight on board," usually the price paid to the coffee exporter for coffee ready to ship. This includes price paid to the producer as well as milling, warehousing and transportation costs plus any intermediaries' fees and export costs.
Farmgate: the price paid by the exporter or other buyer to the producer or producer organization.
Volcan Azul exports their own coffee and sets their own prices.
$13.47 USD per lb
Total lot size of 150 kg. Subtext purchased the full lot.
We have been working with Alejo and Volcan Azul since 2020. Volcan Azul sells their coffee directly to Subtext and Apex handles the importation into Canada.
Subtext cupping score of 87