Farm info

In Carrizal Alajuela, between the Poas and Barva volcanoes, rests the fertile Finca Colorado Springs farm. The property was acquired in the 1960’s and has been a family business operation ever since, now operated by the second and the third generation. Patrica Dada and her son Dariush Barinju.

The property is composed of 50 hectares on which there is a mix of coffee and lime trees.  Originally, the farm was bought to produce milk and over the years it changed from dairy farm to citrus orchard and now to coffee farm. Currently, 30% of the property is dedicated to coffee production, specializing in the Caturra variety with a small plot of Geisha and Centroamericano. Lime tree orchards compose another 20% of the land and the remaining 50% is currently preserved as forest. 

The coffee plantation has been spectacular in production and quality and the goal is to specialize in coffee, slowly harvesting more each year and increasing production. The volcanic soils, an abundance of water from the river that crosses the farm, and the 1700 -1800 meters above sea level elevation make for very fertile growing conditions. Finca Colorado Springs’ strategic partnership with nearby Hacienda Sonora has enabled them to export their coffee to the world.


Central Valley

Central Valley is where coffee cultivation began in Costa Rica in 1820 and while the area around the capital of San Jose and neighboring cities Alajuela and Heredia is mostly urbanized, there are still thriving coffee farms on the outskirts of the busy cities. Coffee was Costa Rica’s principal export crop through the nineteenth into the twentieth century. Today pineapple, bananas, and root crops like yuca make up the bulk of the country’s exports, but coffee remains an essential part of Costa Rica’s history and nowhere more so than in the Central Valley.

The Central Valley, Valle Central in Spanish, is a plateau in central Costa Rica. The land in the valley is a relative plain surrounded by several mountains and volcanoes of the Central Range, including Volcan Irazú. The region is home to almost three quarters of Costa Rica’s population and includes the capital and most populous city, San José. The land in the Central Valley is distributed between the provinces of Alajuela, Heredia, San José and Cartago. The region occupies an area of 11,366 km², more than a fifth of the country, and is drained by the Tárcoles River. Farms in Central Valley are comparatively accessible but recognized for growing and processing Arabica coffees with the bright acidity and complex fruit flavors Costa Rican coffee is known for.