Hacienda Sonora is a family-owned farm located in the Central Valley of Costa Rica at the foot of the Poas Volcano in Carrillo, Alajuela. The farm is enveloped by a wildly diverse environment with an exuberant variety of exotic trees and plants, which attract birds and many other animals, who all help to improve the chemistry of the already naturally rich volcanic soil on which this coffee is grown.
At the heart of Hacienda Sonora stands their micromill – right beside the 150-year-old fully preserved traditional sugarcane press - or a trapiche. The Sonora obtains its distinct sweetness due to its Honey or Natural methods processing, which underlines its fruit notes and complements the body of the cup.
Employing only Natural and Honey processing methods eliminates water usage and saves as much as ten liters of water per half a kilo of coffee that would have been used with Washed processing. Taking care of both people and the environment has always been regarded as an issue of major importance by the family. Its current director, Diego, forms the fifth generation of coffee producers.
A sublime 100% of the power consumed by the farm is generated from renewable energy sources on the property. Sustainable power comes from a natural freshwater stream with a turbine called a Pelton Wheel. This energy supplies power to the coffee mill and generates electricity for workers living on the farm. Hacienda Sonora provides free accommodation and most household utilities for each worker and their families in the farm’s houses.
It is thanks to your taste for rare specialty coffee that these farmers can make a significant increase on their ordinary earnings, which enables them to develop their land further.