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La Candelilla Estate Tarrazù Coffee Mill is situated only 20 minutes away from San Marcos downtown, an area that reflects the history of the country. This region combines breathtaking scenery with great coffee and a rich history. Tarrazù is a rural community noted throughout the world for its traditional values and its leadership in growing fine estate coffees. This highland valley is also special because of its abundant natural beauty and bountiful resources. Majestic mountains, scenic forests, rolling hills and a lush valley characterize the land and provide a changing kaleidoscope of beauty both in the dry and rainy seasons.
The Estate - La Candelilla - has been named after the fireflies that light up the nearby creek on summer nights, it is the word that locals use to refer to fireflies in the region.
La Candelilla was the first independent mill created in Costa Rica in the 2000’s. The farmers in the region used to deliver their cherries to the huge neighbour Coope Tarrazu mill but in 1998,in the middle of the coffee crisis, they decided to add value to their product taking control of the process.
The farms and mill are run by 7 siblings covering 70 ha of planted coffee in total.
The pulp from wet mill is piled in one parcel before being used as organic fertilizer. Chemicals are used, but biodynamic techniques against pests are applied as well. The soil samples are sent to the national research center every year to adjust the fertilizing, the planting, etc. according to the results. Victor, one of the siblings who has been a coffee producer for 40 years, is part of the 3rd generation of coffee farmers. The new generation is already working along their parents, innovating and expanding the business.