Single origin coffee from Costa Rica is famous for its high quality and variety of flavor profiles. Read on to learn more about Costa Rican coffee, from its historic tradition to the areas where it’s grown.
A Matter of National Interest
Coffee is a matter of national interest in Costa Rica. For example, for 30 years the government banned the cultivation of Robusta coffee, a variety considered inferior to Arabica, in order to preserve the quality of Costa Rican coffee. The ban was eased only recently to help marginal areas where Arabica cannot be grown.
The two main varieties of Arabica grown in Costa Rica, Caturra and Catuaí, were originally developed in Brazil and produce pleasant, aromatic coffee.
A Symbol of Costa Rica
Coffee is so interwoven with the history of the country that this crop is one of the 15 national symbols of Costa Rica. As of 2014, Costa Rica was the 14th largest coffee producer in the world.
There are five main coffee growing regions in Costa Rica:
- Central Valley: This was the first area to grow coffee in Central America. Here most coffee grows at 3,280-4,590ft above sea level.
- West Valley: The best conditions to grow coffee in Costa Rica are found here, including the highest altitudes in the country (up to 6,560ft above sea level).
- Tres Rios: This small area is well-known for its Arabica coffee beans. The ashes from the Irazú volcano have enriched the soil of Tres Rios, earning it the nickname of “the Bordeaux of Costa Rica.”
- Brunca: Costa Rica’s southernmost coffee growing region is divided into two areas: Coto Brus (cooler and wetter) and Perez Zeledon (with higher altitudes and many micro-climates).
- Tarrazú: This is the most famous coffee growing region in Costa Rica. Coffee grown here offers different characteristics depending on the sub-region.
EcoDelight, High-Quality Single Origin Coffee from Costa Rica in San Jose, California
With the accumulated experience of five generations of coffee producers behind us, EcoDelight is the ideal choice when it comes to single origin coffee in the Bay Area.
We offer a full range of single origin coffees to satisfy the most discerning tastes:
- Brazil: From Minas Gerais. Good body, low acidity, long and sweet aftertaste.
- Costa Rica: From Tarrazú. With full body, tingles with acidity.
- Mexico: From Chiapas. Delicate in body, pleasantly dry.
- El Salvador: From Apaneca. Creamy body with hints of caramel and tropical fruits.
- Guatemala: From Huehuetenango. Full in body, with a characteristic smoky flavor.
- Sumatra: From Mandheling. Good body, with long and sweet aftertaste.
- Nicaragua: From Jinotega-Matagalpa. Medium-to-light body with a delicate taste.
- Colombia: From Medellin. Heady aroma, full body, and mellow, clean flavor.
- Ethiopia: From Sidamo. Good body, long and sweet aftertaste with aromas of caramel, walnuts, and honey.
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