Producer: Ceci Genis and Marigold Murray
Region: Cachí, Orosí Valley
Zalmari Coffee Estate lies in the micro-region of Cachí, Orosí Valley in Costa Rica.
Nestled between volcanic mountain ranges, leguminous shade trees grow amongst the fields of Atlantic coffee. Cold evening temperatures ensure the optimum conditions needed to produce the rich, full-flavored beans.
During the milling process, reduced amounts of water and anaerobic oxidation tanks ensure the water recycled back into the rivers is clean to protect the natural flora, fauna, and the forest.
Fourth generation Cecilia Genis runs Zalmari Coffee Estate with her mother, Marigold Murray. Since founding the Zalmari Coffee Estate in the 1920s, the Murray family have woven their values into their work: protect the environment with sustainable business practices, support the Cachí community, farm top-quality coffee.
Cecilia and Marigold are longtime members of the IWCA-Costa Rica (International Women’s Coffee Alliance). They are passionate about women’s empowerment, and their farm was the first to earn the WCC (Women Care Certified). This certification is designed to improve the sustainable lifestyle for women involved with cultivating, processing, trading, and exporting coffee.