Diego Berrocal operates Plantex farm in the Central Valley region of Costa Rica. His journey as a coffee producer began in the early 2010s when he and his father decided to purchase some hectares of coffee next to the fern farm that he is a part of with his family. Many of the coffee trees on the property had been left to disrepair, but by using their technical know-how from years of fern farming Diego and his father were able to repair the damage. As the climate continues to change and the cultivation of decorative plants becomes more and more difficult, Diego has focused more entirely on specialty coffee on growing their operation, which today covers 40 hectares with coffee production.
Diego and his father set themselves apart as farmers with their highly technological and innovative mindsets when it comes to plant nutrition and agricultural practices, including projects and experiments like using drip fertigation to learn its effects on coffee yields and quality. On Plantex you can find primarily Catuai coffee, but there are also lesser-utilized varieties like Obata and Marsellesa that Diego and his father are working with as well.
This lot of Marsellesa coffee underwent Honey processing.
The Central Valley, or Valle Central in Spanish, is a plateau in central Costa Rica. The land in the valley is a relative plain surrounded by several mountains and volcanoes of the Central Range. The region is home to almost three quarters of Costa Rica’s population and includes the capital and most populous city, San José. The land in the Central Valley is distributed between the provinces of Alajuela, Heredia, San José and Cartago. The region occupies an area of 11,366 km², more than a fifth of the country, and is drained by the Tárcoles River. Farms in Central Valley are comparatively accessible but recognized for growing and processing Arabica coffees with the bright acidity and complex fruit flavors Costa Rican coffee is known for.