A farmer in Costa Rica
Álvaro Chavarría Zumbado is proud of his work as a coffee farmer in Costa Rica. Born and raised in Berlín de San Ramón, he grows some 11 hectares of coffee in the highlands overlooking the whole of the Central Pacific coast. This region is known as La Giorgia, where the terroir – the unique combination of soil, altitude and climate – work together to yield coffees with outstanding taste and aroma profiles that Nespresso sources for its Grands Crus. Zumbado has owned his coffee farm for 30 years now, growing high quality Arabica varieties: about 70% Caturra and 30% Catuai. Coffee fields are shaded by banana, citrus and yucca trees, which provide food for his family and neighbours while contributing to the stable ecosystem.
Pride in quality
Although Zumbado has always aspired to grow the best coffee possible, before joining the AAA Program he was frustrated at what he felt was an imbalance in the system: “When I would bring my coffee to the central mill, I felt it was unfair that others bring lower quality coffee and get paid the same,” he said.