Costa Rica Coffee History
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 directly 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 often employed as seasonal workers on plantations to harvest coffee during peak seasons.
Monte Brisas “Maria Elena”
Beneficio Monte Brisas is family- owned and operated mill in Zarcero de Alajuela. They process coffee from their three farms in Llano Bonito, Barranca and Canuela. This lot was harvested from Finca Salaca in Llano Bonito. The name is a combination of the Salazar and Castro family names.
Dona Maria Elena is the matriarch of Beneficio Monte Brisas. She takes care of all the agriculture and technical processes. It was Dona Maria Elena who decided to plant and invest in coffee. In 2011, the Salazar Castro family decided to start processing their own coffee and established the micro mill.
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