Costa Rican Coffee Wins Starbucks Award

The Candelilla Estate coffee processor was awarded Starbucks’ world prize which features its best coffee suppliers.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

This is the second year that the Candelilla Estate has won Starbucks' Black Apron Exclusives award; 2005 was the first time it won. In addition to the fine reputation that it obtains in the coffee world through this recognition, Starbucks gave the coffee processor a $15,000 prize.

Marvin Barquero wrote for "La Candelilla was able to repeat this prestigious award due to its efforts in recent years to achieve sustainability in production. This is achieved through proper care plans with well-defined fertilization and sustainable management in the case of plantations, Hernández [Ricardo Hernández, general manager of La Candelilla] said."

The coffee processor sells Starbucks 50% of the 2,500 quintals it produces annually.

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