Santa Maria Coopedota
Friday, November 13, 2020
— Updated July 13, 2023
Grown in volcanic loam in Dota, San José, Costa Rica, this Costa Rica Santa Maria Coopedota Natural is an eclectic, sweet coffee you'll develop a sweet tooth for. Notes of gummy candy meet black cherry in this juicy cup.
If you don't think coffee can taste like candy, this brew might just change your mind.
The town of Santa Maria is home to one of Costa Rica's finest cooperatives, Coopedota. It is the world's first certified carbon-neutral coffee exporter, which closely aligns with Fresh Roasted Coffee's mission to be as environmentally conscious and sustainable as possible.
But Coopedota is much more than just a supplier with a great certification. Recently retired Director Roberto Mata built up an amazing industry, integrating social services and environmental protections while producing some of the highest-quality coffee available in Costa Rica.
Coopedota's farms stretch deep into central Costa Rica and while they produce a significant volume, they also are deeply invested in highlighting exceptional microlots. Coopedota provides members with educational opportunities in addition to access to wet and dry milling services, yet the outreach extends far beyond processing: coffee byproducts are used to fuel the mechanical drying guardiolas, and water use during processing is reduced by using eco-pulpers, which reuse water instead of discarding it.
The cooperative manages trash pickup in the city of Santa Maria de Dota, and has been able to repurpose waste into renewable forms of energy. They also roast their own coffee and operate three cafes and a cupping/barista training center.