Saturday 12 June 2021

Why the mountains of Costa Rica produce some of the world’s finest coffees

Freshly picked Costa Rica coffee beans. Photo from Dunnbrothers.com

Q COSTA RICA  – Zona de Los Santos, Costa Rica (EFE via COMTEX) — High in the mountains of central Costa Rica is Zona de los Santos, an agricultural area with unique qualities and whose inhabitants have perfected over the years the art of growing and processing a coffee considered one of the best in the world.

A series of natural factors have enriched this land, and those who live here have discovered how to make the most of it, especially with coffee, a product that accounts for 90 percent of the local economy.

- Advertisement -

“We’re privileged by the altitude, the soil, the temperature and the climate,” said William Rojas, representative of the coffee cooperative CoopeDota, one of the most important in the area.

The main communities of this area are the districts of Tarrazu, Dota and Leon Cortes in San Jose province, where some 7,000 coffee-producing families on 13,000 hectares (32,100 acres) of land produce half a million sacks of coffee beans a year, which are exported to such countries as the United States, Canada, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand.

All the coffee beans are collected by hand in a harvest that lasts from October to March, and in which thousands of Indians, foreign workers and local communities take part.

A large portion of the coffee beans are sun-dried after being processed in water.

- Advertisement -

Apart from traditional coffee, Zona de Los Santos is also known for satisfying the world’s most demanding palates with fine coffees produced in minimal amounts dedicated to achieving the highest possible quality – and consequently fetch the highest prices on the market.

Rojas said that CoopeDota also certifies the fist carbon-neutral coffee in the world, which is achieved by changing production processes to save water, re-use waste and reduce pollution.

Wood-burning stoves are replaced by those that burn the hulls of the coffee beans that previously went in the trash, while the residual water and other waste coffee materials are recycled to make fertilizer.

Coffee has been one of Costa Rica’s leading products throughout its history. At present it is the third bigget export worth US$306.5 million in 2016, after pineapples with $881 million and the number one crop, bananas, with US$987.5 million.

Producers and cooperatives of the region are showcasing their fine coffees this weekend at the 2017 Expocafe in Terrazu.

Fun facts about Costa Rica coffee:

  • Costa Rican coffee beans are considered among the best in the world.
  • Tarrazú is thought to produce the most desirable coffee beans in Costa Rica.
  • In 2006, coffee was Costa Rica’s number three export, after being the number one cash crop export for several decades.
- Advertisement -

Source EFE

- Advertisement -

FACT CHECK:
We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

Ricohttp://www.theqmedia.com
"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

Simple to request certification of vaccines against covid-19 applied in Costa Rica and abroad

QCOSTARICA - The Ministry of Health issued a new guideline on...

The US improves travel alerts for Central America; Not Costa Rica and Nicaragua

QCOSTARICA - The United States has eased travel advisories for most...

MOST READ

Today’s Covid News: A slight drop in new cases and deaths is seen

QCOSTARICA - Faced with wasting a vaccine dose when people in the priority groups scheduled do not show up, and a substitute cannot be...

Carlos Alvarado describes calls reprehensible the persecution of Ortega against opponents in Nicaragua

QCOSTARICA - The President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, described the persecution of Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega against opponents as reprehensible after the government...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction: June 11, “EVENS”

Today, Friday, June 11, only EVENS can circulate. The measure is countrywide and applied between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm, save for those under the...

The Best Bingo Halls in Costa Rica

The small Central American country of Costa Rica is known to be one of the top locations to retire, but it is also known...

Back in the 80’s Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - When CR was so beautiful, healthy, and safe! No motorcycles. No loud cars. No billboards. No traffic. When everyone walked to a pulpería,...

Apple extended the life of its older iPhones

QTECH - Whether due to the global economic crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic or due to shortages of electronic components, raw materials, factory...

Seven out of ten over 58 years have been fully vaccinated against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) reports that 70.3% of people over 58 years of age, the so-called Group 2 of...

The US improves travel alerts for Central America; Not Costa Rica and Nicaragua

QCOSTARICA - The United States has eased travel advisories for most Central American countries, with the exception of Costa Rica and Nicaragua, according to...

Quepos flooded by heavy rains (Photos)

QCOSTARICA - The residents of the Central Pacific endured heavy rains Monday afternoon, June 7, hardest hit the town of Quepos, where the streets...

WANT TO STAY UP TO DATE WITH THE LATEST!

Get our daily newsletter with the latest posts directly in your mailbox. Click on the subscribe and fill out the form. It's that simple!

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.