The Palmichal Mill in Costa Rica’s Central Valley supports small farmers from across the West and Central Valley. This mill provides an opportunity for farmers who produce high quality coffee to receive premium pricing for their efforts. The folks behind the Palmichal Mill pay farmers far more promptly and competitively than the vast majority of other mills in Costa Rica. This practice, while ethically sound, also grants them access to some of the top lots of coffee from across the country. Palmichal produces washed process co-op lots in addition to natural and honey-process micro lots.
The business practices of the Palmichal Mill and their partners are all the more vital due to a changing economic landscape in Costa Rica. More and more land is being developed away from coffee farms into residential and commercial properties. While still a form of sustenance for some, specialty coffee farming exists as merely a passion project for others. Coffee production in Costa Rica decreases year over year as newer generations walk away from the coffee business and many former producers opt for different paths.
This particular lot is a co-op blend from farmers across the West & Central valleys. Caturra and Catuai are the most common coffee varieties in Costa Rica. These varieties, when processed well, lead to a cup profile of sweet citrus and creamy cashew. As you drink a swell mug of Green Dragon, you’re supporting a progressive industry and Farm-To-Cup companies that seek to find collaborative, ethical, non-exploitive means to carry forward the dream of specialty coffee.