Costa Rica Coffee

Costa Rican coffee has been recognized as among the world's finest for over 150 years. It is not, however, native to Costa Rica. The aromatic product was introduced to the country when arabica seeds were brought over by the Spanish from Africa and the Middle East in 1808. Land was free and the seeds provided for anyone who would cultivate the new crop. The temperate climate and fruitful volcanic soil of the Central Valley proved to be the perfect environment for coffee's infant stages in Costa Rica, and it swiftly became the country's main export.

About 30 years after its introduction, the emergence of coffee barons brought for the first time a new class of prosperity.

An interruption in the powerful reign of coffee occurred when bananas overtook the export market in 1878. An American company, "United Fruit", arrived on the scene and took advantage of the abundance of bananas in Costa Rica. The massive banana export surge resulted in severe worker exploitation and environmental devastation.

The best coffee in Costa Rica is said to hail from the Central Valley, though equally great coffee can be found in Cartago. When the plants are in bloom, one can look out over the fields and observe a massive blanket of glorious fluffy white, often referred to as "snow". Harvesting takes place from December to February. The reddest berries are hand-picked and taken to a receiver who pays the coffee pickers. From there, the berries are taken to a mill, where they are washed, sun-dried, filtered and separated. The product is then roasted and distributed.

Below are listings of coffee-related events and tours:

Coffee Culture Tour

Location: National Theater in San José
Phone: (506) 260-2748    Fax: (506) 260-1456
Email: info@cafebritt.com

Coffee Tour de Café Britt

Location: Heredia
Phone: (506) 260-2748     Fax: (506) 2601456
Email: info@cafebritt.com

Java Lava Volcano & Coffee Tour

Location: Volcán Poás National Park
Phone: (506) 260-2748    Fax: (506) 260-1456
Email: info@cafebritt.com

Doka Estate

Location: Alajuela
Phone: (506) 449-5152    Fax: (506) 449-6427
Email: cafetres@sol.racsa.co.cr

Doka Estate: Green Trail Tours

Location: Costa Rica
Phone: (506) 292-1371


Britt Coffee Tour

Location: West of Heredia




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Costa Rica Coffee

Costa Rican coffee has been recognized as among the world's finest for over 150 years. It is not, however, native to Costa Rica.

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