Coffee growing Regions
Brunca Region (2,624-3,937 ft. Altitude)
Harvest Time: September to February
In the South of Costa Rica, Brunca is one of the less common growing areas making up 20% of coffee production in the country. Caturra and Catuaí varieties are grown on hillside farms in rich soil, producing a mellow and sweetly structured coffee with aromatic notes of orange flowers and jasmine.
The name Brunca comes from the Brunca (Boruca) indigenous people who once formed groups of chiefdoms that ruled most of Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast from Quepos to the Panama border.
Brunca folklore tells the story of how their people came to live in the village of Boruca. Indigenous people once hunted and fished excessively, creating an imbalance that resulted in an abundance of wild pigs. The people made arrows and followed the pigs up the mountain to what is now Boruca. Once there, the pigs were mysteriously lost and never sighted again, but it’s said that it was the pigs’ intention to lead the people to this fertile place where they could settle and make their living through agriculture. They are now popularly recognized for their artisanal wooden masks which symbolize protection from evil and survival of the Boruca identity in the face of Spanish conquest.
Tarrazú Region (4,429 – 5,577 ft. Altitude)
Harvest Time: November to March
The Tarrazú region captivates coffee lovers, making up 35% of country’s coffee production. High altitudes, unique soil composition and well defined dry and rainy seasons result in a highest quality coffee grain that creates complex aromas, bright acidity and flavor notes of chocolate and citrus. The region makes a natural host for the Caturra and Catuaí varieties of coffee plant, and when processing these beans using the honey method, you will experience a sweetly refined and full bodied, balanced cup of coffee.
Monteverde Region (4,429ft - 4,600ft ft. Altitude)
Harvest Time: November to February
The Monteverde region is home to Costa Rica’s lush ecological Cloud Forest.