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Costa Rican Coffee History

Like for many other countries, the coffee industry has contributed greatly to Costa Rica's GDP and its development.

The first arabica plant was grown the 1700's and it soon became the country's main source of revenue, even more so than cocoa, sugar and tobacco. The land was even given to farmers for free, as the benefits of the coffee industry and exports would be greater in the long-run.

It started exporting to nearby countries and made its way to England in the 1800's, which was the biggest importer of Costa Rican coffee at that time. 

The revenue that came in also contributed o the building of the railroad on the Atlantic coast and to the construction of the National Theatre in San José.

Given its popularity, the exports only started to grow, and now Costa Rica has the means to export to any country interested in the commodity.

There are 70.000 farmers that contribute to the thousands of kg exported, and some of them work in cooperatives under the Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance umbrellas.

Many of the coffees cherries are hand-picked, which ensures that only quality beans make their way to our daily coffee-cup. The pulp is then removed, and the cherry sun-dried. 

The soil, climate and elevations in Costa Rica all contribute to a low acidity and sweet coffee bean, that is also very versatile when it comes to the brewing method.

From our experience, its natural sweetness makes makes for a great black coffee. Of course, you are always more than welcome to sweeten it up, but in the case of our Costa Rican, you can have it as a guiltfree treat and we're sure you'll love it! :)

 

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