We offer fully traceable coffees from small to medium sized producers. Mainly different honey process, but washed and naturals are common. Scoring range is generally between 85-90 points. Price offers are generally between 3,30 – 5,00 USD/lb FOB. We can customize purchases on other price and quality levels.
The most fascinating thing with Costa Rica is the awareness of lot separation and different processing methods.
You’ll find great representative coffees of everything from fully washed, different levels of honeys as well as clean and complex naturals.
The Buying Process
- The decisions from the client can be made during cupping in origin or through samples sent from origin.
- The coffee will be based on a FOB contract between Tropiq and the buyer.
- The coffees are sold and contracted FOB (free on board) CAD (Cash against Copy of original bill of lading)
- The roaster or their importer announce the shipper and shipping instructions (or they ask us for advice)
- We will draw and forward the pre shipment sample to the roaster/importer
- The roaster/importer cups and approve it before shipment
- Coffees have to be paid in full by the buyer/importer before Tropiq sends the original documents to the roaster
- The coffee can be released in port from the shipper against original Bill of Lading.
- We believe in transparency through the chain and premiums going back to the producers is the only way to achieve a sustainable quality coffee production.
- We develop strong and solid relationships with coffee producers.
- We have a local cupping lab where we cup to make our selection, and farmers can get feedback on their products as a service.
- We have an agronomical engineer joining the team part time, able to support the farmers and quality control in their production.
- The prices we pay to producers for micro lots scoring above 86 points is more than 2 times the current C-market price and/or the Fairtrade minimum prices.
- Farmers get paid when the coffee is delivered to the exporter and before the coffee is shipped
- The exporters are fully open and transparent and work on a fixed fee.
Marianela Montero is Tropiq’s manager on the ground in Costa Rica. She’s the daughter of a local coffee producer. She is a cupper and a q-grader that is developing producer relationships and are doing sales to larger clients buying coffees directly from origin.
Harvest in the higher altitudes normally goes from December to April. Cupping for purchase of specialty starts from February and goes on until May.
The main cultivars used for our producers is dominated by Catuai. Caturra is pretty common too. Many are experimenting with small amounts of different cultivars like Ethiopian species, Rume Sudan, Geisha, SL28 among many others.
The mills are called “Micro Beneficios” and is managed by individual small producers or a small group. A typical mill from the producers we work with can have a production of 100 – 300 bags of specialty coffee. They mainly process washed and honey coffees but many are doing naturals as well