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Why Coca Leaf, Not Coffee, May Always be Colombia’s Favourite Cash Crop

Why Coca Leaf, Not Coffee, May Always be Colombia’s Favourite Cash Crop

A peasant walks among coca crops in Cauca, Colombia. Picture taken January 27, 2017. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga – RTSXUBA TODAY COLOMBIA – Colombia’s current peace process is facing numerous challenges. In a country that has suffered the worst impacts of the international drug war, one main dilemma is this: what to do with rural regions which […]

Alcohol and Caffeine, Two Drugs that Have Shaped Human Civilization

Alcohol and Caffeine, Two Drugs that Have Shaped Human Civilization

(Q24N) No two drugs have defined human civilization the way alcohol and caffeine have. Nature created both to kill creatures much smaller than us — plants evolved caffeine to poison insect predators, and yeasts produce ethanol to destroy competing microbes. The desire for a stable supply of alcohol could have motivated the beginnings of agriculture and non-nomadic civilization. True […]

Nicaragua Backs Climate-change Proof Coffee

Nicaragua Backs Climate-change Proof Coffee

Photo Nguyen Huy Kham / Reuters TODAY NICARAGUA – Climate change has forced governments around the world to make tough decisions to guarantee their long-term survival. In Nicaragua’s case, this means swapping their prestigious Arabica beans out for hardier, more bitter Robusta beans. While coffee lovers will rejoice at the higher caffeine content of the […]

How Starbucks, Juan Valdez and Britt Compete For Consumers in Costa Rica

How Starbucks, Juan Valdez and Britt Compete For Consumers in Costa Rica

(qCOSTARICA) Three well known coffee names are betting their future in Costa Rica on a consumer that is knowledgeable, dedicated and willing to pay for a specific coffee experience. The companies are so confident of the market that all three brands will be increasing their market presence this year and plans for more in 2016. […]

Competition In Coffee Shops Promotes Consumption

Competition In Coffee Shops Promotes Consumption

(QCOSTARICA) The entry of new cafés in the country and the increased competition is seen as a positive thing by the  Coffee Institute of Costa Rica (Instituto del Café de Costa Rica – Icafé), to promote greater domestic consumption and efforts by the coffee houses to offer new coffee drinks and new ways of preparing […]

Italian Firm Partially Acquires Costa Rica Coffee Producer and Distributor

Italian Firm Partially Acquires Costa Rica Coffee Producer and Distributor

QCOSTARICA – Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group (MZB) announced the partial purchase of Costa Rican coffee producer Ceca, a subsidiary of the German Neumann Kaffee Gruppe, for US$4.2 million dollars. The deal gives Zanetti control of the Ceca production and distribution in Cost Rica. The newly acquired company will be integrated into Zanetti’s Distribuidora Café Montaña […]

Trend in “Gourmet” Coffee Shops

Trend in “Gourmet” Coffee Shops

QCOSTARICA – A new business model focused on providing high-quality coffee and from designated sources has started operations in Costa Rica, aimed at discerning consumers. Five coffee shops have started up using this business model which allows consumers to choose the origin of their coffee and choose among five methods of extraction of the beverage. […]