Costa Rica is one of the top producers of coffee, and, as their number three export, is incredibly important to the country’s economy. Arabica coffee was first introduced to the country from Ethiopia in the late 1770’s. Like many countries’ governments, the Costa Rican government encouraged farming by offering plots of land to farmers who wanted to grow and harvest the plants. By 1829, coffee production was a larger source of revenue than tobacco, cacao, and sugar cane. Today, many Nicaraguan immigrants are seasonal workers, employed on plantations to harvest coffee during peak seasons.
While Costa Rican beans are considered to be some of the highest quality in the world, beans from the Tarrazú region are the best of the best.
The Costa Rica Frontera neighbors Hacienda La Amistad in Coto Brus whom is one of the very few organic certified coffee estates in Costa Rica. Roberto Montero manages La Amistad and assists this newly formed grower group called “Frontera” to help them with production harvesting and marketing to achieve a sustainable price for them to continue with production. 2019 is the first year RNY has worked with Frontera and hopes to continue working with this group to maintain sustainability throughout the supply chain.