Our Coffees Finca Chico

Finca Chico
COSTA RICA
Francisco (Chico) Rojas Camacho

Seville orange marmelade with medium to bright acidity and medium to juicy body

COSTA RICA
Francisco (Chico) Rojas Camacho

Seville orange marmelade with medium to bright acidity and medium to juicy body

Finca Chico is a tiny (two hectare) farm south of San Jose in Costa Rica. The farm was a parcel of land given to Francisco Rojas Camacho by his parents. Originally Finca Chico was part of his parents’ farm, and as their children grew up it was split into fifteen sections, one for each of the children. Francisco planted his land twenty years ago with coffee and avocado. There was some concern at the time that because of the high altitude (1800m) there would be a risk of frost, but as the local climate has gotten a little warmer the likelihood of extreme lower temperatures has declined. The coffee trees have survived and are doing well, but sadly less than ten percent of the avocado has made it. Francisco uses every square inch of his two hectares, if there is a little space then something is planted in it – he has an established vegetable garden, as well as peach, plantain and chilli growing. Making a living from two hectares of coffee in Costa Rica is not easy, and Francisco has a job driving the local school bus to help make ends meet. For the last two years, Francisco has also had the help of AFAORCA which is a local coffee cherry processing facility which helps farmers find buyers willing to pay the premium for the micro-lots that Chico produces.