Grown at very high altitudes in clean, crisp mountain air, the coffee is unusually sweet and clean tasting but has all the best features of Central American coffees.
Many farms are intercropped with other cash crops; this includes tobacco, sugar cane and false bananas. Fairtrade certified coffee volumes account for a small amount of Costa Rica’s overall export market.
Costa Rican coffee is regarded as some of the finest in the world and come with a higher premium than other Central American coffees.
The coffee Arabica plant was brought to the Central Valley of Costa Rica in the late 1700’s. Costa Rica became the first Central American country to have a coffee industry and it soon surpassed cacao, tobacco, and sugar growing. By 1829 it had become the main source of foreign revenue.
This Fairtrade coffee is grown by the Café Libertad cooperative, a member of the Cafecoop. The Cafecoop is a consortium of seven established cooperatives across Costa Rica. Each of the seven cooperatives consist of many hundreds of members and the Cafecoop was created to pool resources and to guarantee and maintain the highest quality coffee.