Coffee Field Report: Hacienda Pilas (Costa Rica)

Hacienda Pilas

Location: Naranjo, Costa Rica
Altitude: 1200masl
Producer: Eduardo Gurdian

Like so many coffee farms in central America, Costa Rica’s Hacienda Pilas estate is home to both stunning specialty coffees, and also the struggles of climate change, a volatile local economy and now Covid.

Fortunately, the owner of the estate, Eduardo Gurdian, is not your average coffee farmer.

On a recent (pre-covid) trip, both our CEO, Jenny Willits & owner Andy Simpkin were captivated by Eduardo’s unique approach to overcoming these challenges, his passion to support his workers & by the exceptional quality of the coffee he produces.

Jenny explains “Eduardo has a real focus on sustainability and agricultural processes to adapt to climate change and to continue producing exceptional coffees”.

coffee trees at hacienda pilas

For the coffee growers of Costa Rica, changes to the climate are an immediate economic threat. From reduced yields due to erratic rainfall, to an increase in pests & disease, like the recent ‘coffee rust’ epidemic – this is the battle they fight every season.

Rather than giving in to a slow decline in quality & yield, Eduardo is using his extensive knowledge of agronomy to take the lead, by testing new coffee varieties & hybrids to increase both the resilience & cup quality of their coffee.

Eduardo even cares for his own hive of bees to help ensure pollination of the coffee blossoms every season.

coffee cherries at hacienda pilas

These little workers aren’t the only ones looked after at Hacienda Pilas.

The farm employs more than 30 permanent workers, which swells with additional pickers during the harvest season. Eduardo explains “We manage 230-300 pickers during harvest and our priority is to guarantee their health. We have a strong program for preventing Covid.”

We’re currently offering a natural process & a Honey process variety from the Hacienda Pilas estate. Available for a limited time from Nov 30, 2020 while stock lasts.

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Special thanks to Cofi-com & the Volcafe partners in Central America for the amazing hospitality & passion in producing these exceptional coffees.


Ben Irvine
From owner / operator of his own coffee business, to product development for a coffee multinational, to consulting with independent cafe owners, Ben has been involved across a wide range of the industry over the last 20 years. When he isn’t brewing coffee, or writing about it, Ben is likely to be annoying his kids with 90’s music trivia.