In Costa Rica, people use the phrase “Pura Vida” to express a range of things. It’s a response to asking how someone’s day is, a salutation, or an expression of happiness. “Pura Vida” is a statement to the world that relays a passion for life and happiness. It does not just mean “pure life,” as it translates, it is the pure life. Moreover, it embodies the notion of living life with authenticity. Specifically, when we think of what the pure life means to us here at Stone Creek Coffee, our friends at Microbeneficio Cerro Paraguas (MICEPA) in Costa Rica always come to mind.
MICEPA is a small cooperative located in the remote region of Chirripó, Brunca, in southern Costa Rica. It’s a collaboration between eight families who collectively own 15 farms in the region. Rigoberto Araya Blanco and José Ureña Ulloa oversee MICEPA’s operations. There is no doubt that the farmers here love what they do. More importantly, they are happy to share their crops with people who love them.
Over the past several years, we have seen the coffees from MICEPA transform immensely. As a result, this is a product that we continue to stand behind and support. This partnership is the Farm to Cup mission actualized, which is why we’ve chosen this particular lot year-round. With notes of creamy cashew, mandarin orange, and cocoa powder, Green Dragon Costa Rica is the perfect way to celebrate the good life.