Interested in getting in on the ground floor of the burgeoning California coffee-growing industry? An opportunity has arisen in this small but expanding origin, as the Montecito coffee farm Valley Heart Ranch is currently posted for sale for a mere $14.9 million.
Up for grabs is approximately six acres of land upon which the current owners, luxury real estate designers and builders Kirsten and Darrell Becker of Becker Studios, have been cultivating four types of coffee. Kirsten Becker told Daily Coffee News that the 3,900 plants soaking up full sun on the property’s tidy stone terraces are of the Pacas, Gesha, Caturra and Catuai Rojo varieties.
The industrial facilities also include two spacious barns, roughly 1,300 square feet of office space and over 9,000 square feet of greenhouse space.
Notably bumping up the asking price on the farm is a roughly 2,500-square-foot 2 bed/2.5 bath main house whose kitchen comes equipped with a single-group Slayer Espresso machine, Mahlkönig grinder and ocean views.
Three additional residences included in the 9.5-acre, 3-parcel package listing include two guest houses and a studio, each offering one bedroom and one bathroom. Lifestyle amenities include a 4-car garage, an equestrian pavilion and stable, a 1,700 square foot lounge for large-scale entertaining, a standalone gym built from two shipping containers, a pool overlooking the coffee farm. For the entire 9.5-acre, 3-parcel package, the sellers are asking $14.9 million.
Citrus has been grown commercially on the property since the 1920s. Over time, the operation evolved to include a commercial floriculture nursery. The Beckers began the land’s transition into a certified organic coffee farm in 2016. The trees they planted the following year had their first harvest in April of last year, the fruits of which were sent to nearby Frinj Coffee for milling, roasting and distribution.
According to Frinj, the roasted and brewed outcome of Valley Heart’s first harvest carried “a tasty sweetness of white chocolates along with a buttery mouthfeel and a tight balance of a lemony citrus reminiscent of a Riesling.”
In addition to coffee, the property listed through Riskin Partners Estate Group continues to produce citrus and lavender.
“There are also bees,” Becker told DCN. “They are the real coffee farmers.”