Coffee in Central America first started in Costa Rica because of the ideal climate and high altitudes. Farms across the country have been growing coffee trying to create a distinct taste for coffee drinkers to know that they are drinking Costa Rican coffee.
Higher elevations and cooler temperatures can help grow coffee that tastes amazing. Most of the coffee cherries are handpicked to make sure that 100% of the coffee beans grown are Arabica because of the flavors. The coffee plants are grown on volcanic soil that is kind of acidic and very fertile!
It is actually illegal for farmers to produce bad coffee
The beans are then taken to beneficios, where they are washed and the pulp is removed before being laid out under the sun to dry, or put in a machine. Some farmers try to avoid the machines incase it tampers with the flavors of the beans. There are coffee tours that tourists can enjoy and see how the coffee is being produced!
Traditional way to Brew coffee
In Costa Rica, the traditional way to brew coffee is using a device called "aguas de medias," that translates to "coffee sock." It is a cloth filter that literally looks like a sock. Coffee grounds are placed in the filter and hot water is poured over the grounds. It works like drip coffee where the cloth filter is being held by a metal wire or wooden frame! Milk is mixed with the coffee brew then enjoyed!
There are about 9 regions in Costa Rica that grow the best coffee beans of the country!
- Tres Rios
- Valle Central
- Valle Occidental
The major coffee regions are known to be Tarrazu and Valle Occidental. Each region tries to make their coffees taste differently with having subtle hints of different fruits!
Flavors of Costa Rican Beans
The flavors are different depending on what region the coffee you're drinking comes from. Costa Rican coffee is mildly acidic and has that flavorful undertones. The fruity and sweet flavors vary from
- Grapes or Raisin
- Sweet Apple
Farmers taste test their coffee and try to make their coffees fruitier! Each region wants their coffee to have a distinct taste so that you know where it is coming from! No matter where it comes from, the coffee is still so so good!
Earthgrounds provides this exquisite coffee beans from the Alajuela Region
It tastes heavenly with flavors varying from Sweet Apple, Raisin and Honey!
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For more information about the history about the Siphon, check out this reference that we used to help us write this blog: https://www.anywhere.com/costa-rica/travel-guide/coffee (n.d)
https://www.cafebritt.com/experience-britt/coffee-101/5-reasons-why-Costa-rican-coffee-is-the-best (2016) Cafe Britt