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Five Hours For a Cup of Coffee

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From the MACARONI JOURNAL – Are you willing to wait five hours for a cup of cold coffee? Gonzalo Garcia is betting you are.

At his kiosk in Multiplaza Escazu, Gonzalo has on display a Japanese-Style Slow-Drip Coffee maker, brewing a concentrate of patiently wrought coffee one drip at a time.

Gonzalo Garcia at his kiosk in Multiplaza Escazu
Gonzalo Garcia at his kiosk in Multiplaza Escazu

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These handsome towers use the variable of lots of time, not lots of temperature, to extract a brew that’s more subtle and aromatic than cold brew methods that require steeping grounds completely in water.

Hot coffee is seen as the natural way of drinking coffee. Iced coffee has something of a bad name among coffee aficionados and, is thought of as something of an abomination.

But Gonzalo isn’t promoting iced coffee. The slow drip coffee maker is just an attraction – catching my eye instantly – to get you to try his own coffee, grown in the southern part of Costa Rica.

As Gonzalo explained to me his Coffee Diversa is different from other coffee in Costa Rica.

His website, Coffea Diversa, explains even further that coffee farms all over the world are characterized by the fact that they are generally mono-varietal plantations, in other words, they plant just one botanical variety or cultivar, normally Caturra, Catuai, Catimor, Typica, or Bourbon.

In the case of Coffea diversa they grow many different rare coffees in their garden, in fact they have the largest private coffee collection in the world.

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“We are not a coffee farm, we are a coffee garden,” Coffeadiversa proudly states.

At is kiosk (in the corridor that leads to Automercado), Gonzalo and his wife Fanny offer up the various types of coffees, in small bags to take home. The kiosk also has a variety of coffee makers, including a variety of French Press, and coffee accessories.

Back to the slow-drip coffee, just didn’t have the time to wait around for a taste, it was already 5:00pm and the brew was about a quarter way. Will have to go back today, Monday, for a taste.

More information on Coffea Diversa is available at or on Facebook.

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Say Rico sent you!

PS. this is NOT a paid advertising. No compensation was received for this, and I will gladly pay for my Japanese-Style Slow-Drip Coffee today.

If you do want a free cup of coffee, see the new Britt store in Multiplaza, where they are promoting their new line Espresso coffeemakers using a ‘capsulas de cafe’.

For dropping in, the very friendly staff, will offer you an espresso, macchiato, cappuccino, etc. in a variety of strengths, like the “insane espresso”.

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