Farm: Sonora Estate
Number of Farmers: 1
Varietals: Bourbon, Venecia, Catuai
The only thing we can say about Alberto and Diego Guardia (Father and Son) are that they are amazing people, who have created one of the best micro-mills in Costa Rica.
Hacienda Sonora is located in the Central Valley of Costa Rica, at the foot of the world renowned, Poas Volcano. Coffee grows in an environment surrounded by exotic trees and other vegetation, providing a great condition for quality, as well as improving the chemistry of the already naturally rich volcanic soil. Thanks to the farm’s diverse ecosystem, many different species of birds and animals seek refuge in our land.
Sonora process all of their coffee using the honey and natural methods. Both of these methods require a lot more work and care than the traditional fully washed. However, it all makes sense when you taste the results in the cup. Besides a difference in the cup, these processing techniques save great amounts of water by using the honey and the natural processes. Using the honey method saves more than 3 gallons of water per pound of coffee. Natural processed coffee doesn’t need any water.
All of the energy consumed by the farm is 100% renewable energy harvested on the farm. The green energy is harvested from a natural water stream with a special turbine, known as a Pelton Wheel.
The Guardia’s also provide free accommodation for each worker and their families at the farm’s houses. For each house, Hacienda Sonora covers for the cost of water, trash allocation, and a portion of their electricity. Every employee fully enjoys the benefits of the Costa Rica Health Insurance system.