Our family have deeply been in love with coffee since 1995 starting from endless conversations fueled by copious cups of ‘brown gold’, then being immersed in coffee culture through our travels to Costa Rica, Mexico and Italy, which finally lead us to buying our Costa Rican coffee farm in 2012.
Since buying the coffee farm, we have been committed to working the land using shade management best practices, protecting the water shed, improving soil quality by building a diverse tree canopy, and supporting the local community with work opportunities and education. All of these endeavours are front and center in our approach to sustainable farming and sourcing in order to bring the highest quality cup of coffee to our customers in Calgary.
Against the back drop of environmental concerns involving deforestation, sustainable agriculture, climate protection, and fair trade, we identified there was a crop-to-cup traceability gap in the market that needed to be acknowledged and addressed. We opened the Baya Rica Café in our wonderful community of Bridgeland so that we would have complete control over the production, processing, import/export, and roasting of coffee to be a contributing solution to filling the gap.
Having control over the entire value chain means we can guarantee that our coffee meets the highest quality, ethical, and environmentally conscious standards in the world.
We envision the Baya Rica Café to be a welcoming community hub that is a ‘bricks and mortar’ location showcasing delicious Costa Rica beans from our farm and other growing areas of the country. Each of these coffee growing regions have unique flavour notes that are a direct result of the varying terroir and climatic conditions.
All beans are masterfully roasted on-site by hand, in a beautiful custom built Giesen Coffee Roaster, which is one last remaining roasting machine manufacturers to utilize an all cast iron front plate and precision airflow control. These features allow for the development of deep flavours during the roasting process to produce a coffee that is sweet, rich, and never burnt.
Customers new and old frequently comment on the friendly atmosphere, artwork hanging throughout the cafe created by local artists, and the deliciousness of our specialized coffee. From families coming for a weekend brunch, to colleagues having a mid-week meeting, or connecting with friends to catch up – It’s a place for everyone.