GERARDO ARIAS, Natural Catuai
A beautiful example of fermentation from Gerardo Arias. This coffee is brimming with fruit flavours. A lovely clean natural that smacks of peach tea, watermelon and stewed strawberries.
CULTIVAR: Red Catuai
LOCATION: Casa de Piedra, Tarrazú
ALTITUDE: 1,500 masl
PRICE PAID: £15.76/kg
The Arias family own and operate Finca Casa de Piedra and Café Directo micro-mill. The name Casa de Piedra means “stone house” and comes from the cave-like rock formations near the farm’s river where the first settlers in the region once lived. Gerardo Arias, a fourth generation coffee producer, manages the farm and wet mill whilst his wife Marlene is responsible for their roasting business and their daughter Jennifer helps with the administration of the wet mill and commercial operations.
In 1985, at the age of 15, Gerardo established his first coffee plantations in the town of Llano Bonito de León Cortés on a plot of land that he had inherited from his father. Five years later he purchased all 400 hectares of his father’s land, converting some of the meadows to coffee farms. Today, 70 of the 400 hectares are in production, while the remaining land is protected forest area. Gerardo estimates that 60–70% of their production is red Catuai, with the remaining 30–40% on renovated plots which are planted with new varieties.
Café Directo specialises in high quality micro-lots, all overseen by Gerardo who is a Q Grader and has also certified in coffee processing through SCA Costa Rica. This coffee was sun-dried over a period of 22 days with regular turning to aid consistency.