Sunday 10 December 2023

Making Coffee The Costa Rican Way

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Farmers in Costa Rica (where some of the least bitter freakin awesome coffee you’ve ever had comes from,) use one of these. It’s a tightly woven canvas sock with a metal wire sewn into the top. You don’t need the wood pedestal, … you can also just hold the metal handle if you have a glove and aren’t pouring too much (handle gets hot.) Photo from

(QCOSTARICA) – Costa Rica is known for its coffee, could even be said it is the coffee capital of Latin America.

Just look around you in San Jose and you will quickly realize a coffee shop at every corner. I am not exaggerating.

Take the intersection from the La Sabana norte to the Rohrmoser boulevard, across from the Naational stadium. Stand in the middle of the intersection (not literally) and look west; to your right you have Juan Valdez, and a block west Te Con Te,. On your left is McDonald’s, next to it (to the west ) is Lavazza and a block south is Starbucks.

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But to get a great cup of coffee you don’t need a fancy espresso machine,  coffeemaker or even visit a coffee shop, a chorreador (coffee dripper) will do. This is coffee-making at its simplest form and finest: a holder, filter and coffee and hot water dripping into a cup.

The flavour of coffee made with a chorreador is unique, unlike coffee brewed in a typical coffeemaker.

The “coffee sock” (as a last resort you can literally use a sock, though I would suggest not a used one) holds the right amount of coffee and water is poured through to your taste.

More coffee, less water equals a stronger cup of java. And vice-versa.

I could give you detailed instructions, but, like the Apple iPhone, it is so simple to use, you don’t instructions.


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