Micromill: La Pira de Dota
Address: , Santa Maria de Dota, San Jose, Costa Rica,
Phones: 83724521 /
Elevation: 1750 m.a.s.l.
Cultivar/variety: Catuai , Geisha , Typicas
Awards given to farms
- Cup of Excellence, La Pira de Dota 3 place
La Pira de Dota was founded in 2001 by Mr. Carlos Ureña-Ceciliano. After inheriting the farm and working for more than 15 years in conventional Coffee. Don Carlos decided to bet on something new and different creating one of the region's first micro-mills; and by own conviction certified the farm as organic, thus opening the door to exporting his coffee.
La Pira de Dota farm/micromill is located in a tropical/semi-humid climate, surrounded by hills and mountains at 1,750 m.a.s.l. The farm has different varieties of coffee plants: Catuai, Geisha and other Typicas, that are specialty coffee trees. These varieties are planted under the shade of more than 30 species of trees, used to reincorporate organic matter into the soil, thus preventing soil erosion, and also to provide food to local and migratory birds.
The cultivation is managed with bioles and microorganisms that fertilize the soil and prevent diseases, and most importantly, eliminate the need to use pesticides and herbicides.
La Pira micromill maintains several processes of coffee such as natural, honey, semi-washed and anaerobic, all 100% sun-dried using African-type beds. The result is an export-quality specialty coffee.
Thanks to such processes, the coffee varieties we have and the sustainable management of our farm, we have been able to place our coffee in selected international markets such as Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States, among others.
Regarding Mr. Ureña-Ceciliano, Stephen Philip Leigthon in his book “Coffeeography: The Cooffee Porducers quotes: "Carlos is one of the most interesting characters I've ever met in coffee. He has a curious mind that's always pushing the boundaries of coffee production through cupping every single lot he produces. He is also one of the hardest producers to buy from, because his door is always being banged down by coffee buyers due to his attention to cup quality."