Coffee has a long history in Costa Rica and it’s been said that Arabica coffee got its name as it was first imported to Europe through Arabia via Costa Rica. From here, the country became the first in central America to establish coffee as a proper industry which was largely due to government intervention.
Coffee grown in Costa Rica is planted at high altitudes, typically 1,200 – 1,800 meters above sea level. Only Arabica coffee beans are grown in the country and it’s actually illegal to produce any other type. This law was passed in 1989 in order to prohibit the growth of low-quality beans to ensure Costa Rica farmers only focus on producing the best beans possible.
Luckily, the climate in Costa Rica is perfect for growing Arabica due to its mountainous regions and warm temperatures that range between 17 to 28 degrees Celsius. On top of this, the soil is enriched with volcanic ash which oxygenates the beans and produces richer flavours. When it comes to the harvest period, each bean is carefully handpicked, with only the ripest beans being chosen once they’re fully matured.
The eight coffee growing regions in Costa Rica are: