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Organic Coffee News – Our Story
At Keens Beans, we are committed to using shade grown, organic and sustainable coffee farming methods to produce the best coffee beans possible. Our Costa Rican coffee farm annually produces a small quantity of select, organic Arabica coffee beans. Our organic whole coffee beans are picked in January and February by hand. The second step is carefully separating the fruit from the bean and then drying the coffee bean in the sun. After a “resting” period of up to 45 days and some further processing, our green coffee beans are shipped to the U.S. Organic green coffee beans are very stable and will retain their quality for many months. However, once you roast coffee beans, they should be brewed within approximately three weeks or the flavor will be compromised. Therefore, when you purchase coffee from us, we roast beans for you immediately prior to shipping so you will have the best coffee available. This ensures maximum freshness. You can also purchase green coffee beans directly from us, and create your own roast coffee if you have a coffee bean roaster at home.
Our Costa Rican Coffee Farm
After visiting Costa Rica for over 40 years, we decided to purchase property there. Having discovered that the coffee of Costa Rica was some of the best coffee we’ve ever tasted, we purchased a small coffee farm in the mountains just below the cloud forest at Monteverde. The site looks down from 3600 feet to the Gulf of Nicoya, Nicoya peninsula, the Pacific Ocean and the oceanfront town of Puntarenas. The view is stunning, and the location is perfect for producing the best coffee beans. We have spent the last four years revitalizing the existing coffee plants, terracing the mountainous land to control erosion, planting thousands of new coffee plants, planting indigenous shade trees, and generally changing to an organic coffee growing culture. In our spare time we also renovated a small house on the property to live in.
We have entered into partnership with two other families who are also interested in the benefits of organic coffee production: a family from Spain and a family of Ticos (a local term for Costa Ricans). The Tico gentleman is a local pioneer in organic coffee farming, with well over a decade of experience. The Spanish gentleman started his organic coffee farm the year before we did. The partnership has enabled us to build a new coffee bean processing and drying facility. We were also able to incorporate the latest in water “low flow” technology, which has made us eligible for organic certification in processing as well as growing.
Organic Coffee From Costa Rica
Only about twelve percent of the coffee beans produced annually in Costa Rica are organic. Growing organic coffee is much more labor intensive and therefore substantially more costly. Farmers who use chemicals to grow their crops and control weeds are able to produce more coffee beans per acre using less labor. However, chemically grown beans suffer in quality, and the land they are grown on is eventually depleted. Because of this, farmers who use chemicals also have problems producing annual crops that are of consistent quality. We feel that there are many coffee drinkers in the United States whose priority is superior coffee that consistently delivers a rich, smooth flavor–a healthier coffee that is produced organically without chemicals, while protecting the environment and sustaining the land. Mother Earth truly needs all the help she can get and we at Keens Beans are proud to do what we can.
The entire experience has been educational and enlightening, and has helped us integrate into the community. We are looking forward to a long and rewarding future in Costa Rica. All of us hope you will enjoy drinking our Costa Rican coffee as much as we have enjoyed bringing it to you.
Our coffee roasting facility is located at our headquarters in the historic city of Pensacola, Florida. Local vendors sell Keens Beans roast coffee throughout Northwest Florida and southeastern Alabama. If you live in or are visiting the area, including Pensacola, Perdido, Gulf Breeze, Pace, Milton, Century, Navarre, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Destin, or Fort Walton Beach, you can pick up some of our fresh roasted coffee beans in person (see our Vendors page for locations). Or, purchase our organic Coffee beans online for the ultimate convenience. We will ship our gourmet coffee beans and organic coffee products anywhere in the United States. Your whole bean coffee will be fresh roasted in Pensacola, Florida, and shipped to you immediately upon your order.