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.
La Pastora is a coffee developed by CoopeTarrazú, a well recognized cooperative located in San Marcos, Tarrazú. They are a cooperative with over 53 years of experience and tradition, who work with over 3,000 coffee producers and 250 mill workers who reside in the surrounding communities in the Tarrazú and Leon Cortes regions. Their main functions are to provide milling, marketing, and export services for their coop members.
The members of CoopeTarrazú pride themselves on a focused set of commitments:
• Develop a sustainable coffee culture.
• Protect and improve the environment.
• Meet the expectations of their customers with high quality products and services.
• Improve the quality of life of their members and the general community.
La Pastora Tarrazú has been the coop’s leading trademark for more than 50 years. It is a regional blend of 8 different communities in Los Santos Tarrazú region. La Pastora is recognized among Costa Rican producers for its exceptional quality.