Costa Rica's Coffee History

Costa Rica’s deeply rooted coffee culture dates far back to the 1700s when cultivation of the grano de oro (golden bean) began in the country’s fertile volcanic soil. It then expanded and developed significantly after Costa Rica’s independence from Spain in 1821 as the government offered free seeds and land to small farmers for coffee production. Today, Costa Rica nurtures 8 coffee growing regions.

100% of Costa Rican coffee is from the desirable, high quality Coffea Arábica, Typica plant known to produce great flavors for a pleasurably sweet and aromatic cup. Growing the lesser quality Robusta or Coffea canephora species has been prohibited by law since 1989.