The European Union recently distinguished the high quality of the “Café de Valdesia” coffee, a particular brand of coffee produced in the mountainous region of the D.R.’s southwest region. The Valdesia region is known for the production of exquisite large-grain coffee beans, all produced under the natural shade provided by trees.
This particular coffee grain is rich sucrose and caffeine, which produces a soft and sweet brand of coffee.
This particular region of the Dominican Republic is home to the highest mountain chain in the Caribbean, and the coffee grown in these mountains are harvested some 600-1300 meters above sea level. In total, some 22,000 hectares of land are currently planted with this top-quality coffee bean.
The “Valdesia Coffee” is monitored by a Regulatory Board that oversees the cultivation practices to guarantee the exceptional quality of this unique brand of coffee. The Board makes sure that the “shadow regime” is complied with, as well as the proper fertilization, maintenance and pest management practices of the coffee plantation and the harvesting of the coffee bean.
The soil, temperature, rainfall regime and the natural shade that protects the crops, as well as the production process of the coffee bean, are all responsible for the production of an excellent coffee that is known for its very particular characteristics.
A Coffee Culture Deeply Rooted in Tradition
The Valdesia region is known for its deeply rooted culture and centuries-old coffee production. Today’s harvesting and production processes have much to do with this tradition that has been passed on from generation to generation.
The coffee bean is harvested by hand only when it has reached full maturity. And, it is precisely the sum of both the natural elements and human production that, at the end, come together to create the fine quality “Café deValdesia” coffee.
Pest control and crop diseases are managed by traditional as well as modern eco-friendly practices. Local farmers do not use chemical insecticides or fungicides. One of the most successful practices of local farmers is the collective marketing of the product, which guarantees them higher income than if they produced the coffee individually.
The coffee tree was brought to the island of Santo Domingo by the French in the early 18th century. Coffee was introduced to the Valdesia region in the early nineteenth century and, by 1840, it was the country’s most important coffee-producing region.
By 1880, Valdesia was recognized as one of the D.R.’s most important quality coffee producing areas.