Experience a boutique hotel with the highest rating in Costa Rica for sustainable tourism and discover its certified organic shade grown coffee on their own coffee plantation.
Finca Rosa Blanca has 30 acres of hard bean coffee which is certified organic by the BCS OKO Garantie, an international organic agriculture certification and is certified sustainable by Rain Forest Alliance and ICAFE, the Costa Rican National Organization for Coffee.
The Coffee Plantations: We have planted over 5,000 native trees on our coffee plantations with the help of the environmental protection agency (MINAET) and local school children. These native trees produce shade and nitrogen for our organic coffee and have created biological corridors for the birds and animals of the area. The coffee is planted following the natural topography of the farm to avoid erosion and water waste and is protected by living fences planted with native shrubs and trees.
We use no agrochemicals, pesticides, herbicides or fungicides on the farm preferring to apply the rich compost from our vermiculture (worm beds) and from the composting of organic refuse at the hotel and we apply only natural remedies for the fungus and pests which often plague coffee.
The Coffee Tour: We encourage our guests to join us on a tour of our plantation where they will learn how organic coffee is grown, harvested, dried and processed. In addition to roasting and packing their own coffee, our guests participate in a “catación” or a coffee tasting, learning how the professionals determine quality and taste
An excerpt from a BBC program about coffee prices and sustainable coffee,
May 14, 2011
- Mr. & Mrs. Clark