"QUALITY WITH PASSION"
Along with careful hand picking, our coffee is processed and Sun dried with passion and care to produce the best coffee possible. Our Processing Plant is a highly ecological unit built by the Costa Rican company Bendig Engineering. Bendig also provided the planning to assure efficient layout. Our processor uses the latest technology to process our coffee without damaging the beans while at the same time conserving our natural resources. The process is very ecological, the pulp that is removed from the coffee beans is used as a natural fertilizer, some of the water is recycled, and the residual water is treated and returned to the ground. The fuel for the indirect ovens comes from recycling fallen trees and using the peel (brosa) from the coffee to heat the ovens. Nothing is wasted!The grounds all around the processing plant are carefully planted in native flowering trees and flowers and tropical plants complete the setting. (The whole processing plant was built using workers and firms from the local Vuelta de Jorco area, keeping our commitment to provide jobs for the locals.)
A view of the Rio Jorco Ecological Processing Plant
The sun drying yards for Rio Jorco coffee located in Vuelta De Jorco, Costa Rica
The Ovens for the predryer and for the oven used for the non sun dried coffee, The stonework was done by the local workers.
The hanging gardens on the back side of the processing plant, with the carefully stacked woodpile.
The coffee receiving station at Rio Jorco. This is the first stop for the processing of the ripe coffee berry. The three young
ladies are dressed in "typical" outfits and are daughters of longtime farm workers. (l-r Angi,Paola and Nella)
This Bendig designed and built ecological processing plant combines rugged design with the ability to use the least water.
First step for the coffee, where any small rocks are removed This Depulper removes the cherry portion.
The Bendig predryer gently removes excess outside water prior to the beans being set in the sun to dry.
These indirect heat ovens provide warm air to the pre-dryer and the dryer, they use the parchment shell of the coffee for fuel
along with wood from fallen trees or cypress trees removed due to the damage they do to the soil and the native trees.
The repass depulper is used to process any coffee that does not meet the first quality coffee.
After coffee is sold and prior to shipment to a customer, it is peeled using the machine on the left and then sorted
on the "Oliver" vibrating sorter on the right. The vibration separates coffee by density.
First Quality coffee goes to the left while the other coffee ends up in the two left streams. Coffee is further sorted
and graded depending on customer requirements.
Luis Alfaro with Coffee bagged and ready for shipment, each Jute bag weighs 150 pounds and is ready for export.
Coffee flower, flowers only last one day and come about a week after a rain.