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 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.
Don Roberto Tarrazú
The pure air and crystal clear waters of Tarrazú are what made Roberto Montero Castro fall in love with the slopes of San Marcos de Tarrazú. Given that the Rojas family had no immediate descendants, they sold their farm and mill to this visionary. Completely dedicated to this passion, Montero actually offered assistance in farming techniques and consultative services to the peasant farmers of Tarrazú.
Blessed with just the right amount of tropical acidity, the soil of Tarrazú produces a coffee of tremendously unique quality. On these soils Don Roberto Tarrazú was born, grown at no less than 4200 feet with brilliant acidity, a full body and rich aroma.