COSTA RICA COFFEE HISTORY

Coffee came to Costa Rica in the last decade of the eighteenth century. Its arrival on national scene was discrete, but definitive. Slowly and with perseverance that great works demand, coffee growing expanded over the high lands of the Central Valley. The brotherhood of coffee farmers, both large and small, formed the basis that allowed Costa Rica to become the first Central American country to establish coffee as an industry.

Our first export was to Colombia. Those lonely sacks that crossed our borders in 1820, became the ground breaking activity which, from that moment on, changed the course of our lives. By 1823, we were already exporting quality coffee to Chile. There, it was repackaged for sale to England under the name of "Cafe Chileno de Valparaiso".

The growing and commercialization of the coffee changed the face of that humble, one time colony that dozed lethargically in corner of the Empire. Our country was modernized. The young Costa Rican intellectuals could now continue their post secondary studies in England and come back as doctors, engineers and entrepreneurs, contributing to the improvement of the life style of all Costa Ricans.

Different kinds of Costa Rican Coffee

LA CARPINTERA COFFEE:
La Carpintera Hill, resembling and island in the middle of the Central Valley, captures the goodness of the climate from the plateful, with the conditions of the highlands. These characteristic are unique for producing the best quality coffee possible. Its soil is extremely fertile. A pleasant climate all the year round with un excellent temperature for the coffee cropping, brings to the cup an exquisite balance between body, aroma and acidity.

ATARAZU COFFEE:
This bean comes from the volcanic mountains of Dota off the Great Mountain Range named "Talamanca" a range with rocky ladders and fertile valleys. This area is known as "Los Santos"(The Saints), where the catholic tradition of the country has obligated its town and cities to adopt biblical names. The devotion of its people to their beliefs, gives the coffee crops they offer, a unique taste of divine inspiration. Its taste in the cup has a very good body, exquisite aroma and excellent acidity.

EL GRAN VITO COFFEE:
In 1941 a colony of Italian immigrants decide to try and make fortune with their bare hands by colonizing this far land of the country.
These coffeee can be tasted in the coffe cropped by these people, a unique string taste, but at the same time it is light and grateful, like the mountains and forest that surround this city.

ZURQUI COFFEE:
This coffee is cropped in one of the oldest plantation areas due to kindness of the soil and the excellent bean quality that it produces.
On the slopes of the Zurqui Hill, close to the central Volcano Range, this beautiful, fertile, and quiet province, with a taste of the good old times, is where this unique coffee with high acidity, very good body and aroma, is produced.

UJARRACI COFFEE:
This coffee, grown on a beautiful landscape, a fertile valley a lake with crystal clear waters, near the paradise zone of Cachí in the Reventazón River Basin. Its fertile land of colonial beauty, offers an exquisite coffee.
These characteristic are very well liked by Europans, Americans and Japaneses gourmet coffee drinkers.

BUENA VISTA COFFEE:
San Isidro, the main city of the valley. Its coffee invites us to vey hard working people.
A city developed by very humble, but prideful peasants, has made this place one of the fastest growing in both agricultural productions and economical levels.This coffee is unique with a good aroma and body, and a delightful acidity in its cup.

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