THE COSTA RICAN COFFEE EXPORTER

Humanity's greatest achievements become manifest in their entire dimension when they are recognized and appreciated everywhere. Costa Rican coffee is recognized the world over for its quality through the efforts of the exporters, a very special group of visionaries involved in its commercialization.

Costa Rican exporters now can discern with equal ease the characteristics of a plantation or the fluctuations of the international market. They posses, at the same time, the experience of the dedicated negotiator and the simplicity and openness of the Costa Rican peasant.

Cosmopolitan and tireless travelers, the national exporters satisfy the requirements of the most demanding international markets. Wherever our coffee goes, the exporters are there first. For this reason their work is comparable to that of an ambassador offering to the world the best of the Costa Rican tradition of coffee production.

With the same enterprising spirit of the first compatriots who crossed the Atlantic to sell our coffee in faraway markets, today's exporters energize the economy and succeed in etching the name of Costa Rica in the minds of those who appreciate excellent coffee.

THE FLAVORS OF COSTA RICAN COFFEE

Costa Rica produces fine high altitude coffees. Their quality is unsurpassed and, for this reason, it is recommended that they be drunk pure and unmixed in order to savor the uniqueness of their flavor. The varieties grown in the country belong to the "arabica" species which yield a beverage which is tasty, aromatic and delicate. The history of the country's coffee production is rich in the development of species which are strong in their constitution and resistance and delicate in the quality of their fruit.

Tarraz™

This coffee grown on terrain located between 1200 and 1700 meters above sea level. Coffee producing villages like the prosperous Tarrazu tend this coffee with loving care. The unique microclimate associated with this area gives the coffee an intense flavor of marked acidity. This type grows in a splendid environment which produces a hard bean, a good body and an exceptional aroma.

TRES RIOS

Central America's oldest mill, and those with the greatest experience, are located in this area. With its small plantations and high quality, this area has a coffee growing tradition of long standing. The coffee of Tres Rios is well balanced and boasts of a complex aroma. Those who know coffees enjoy this coffee and often ask for it by the name of the plantation that produces it.

OROSI

The coffee form the area of this ancient and proud city is characterized by the perfect balance which exists between its body and its acidity, characteristics which become clearly apparent in the cup. The production of this area is processed in small mills that leave in the "grain of gold" the unmistakable stamp of quality.

CENTRAL VALLEY STRICTLY HARD BEAN

This type grows in plantations at an altitude of 1200 to 1600 meters above sea level and it is characteristic of the villages located in the slopes of the imposing Poas, Barva and Irazu Volcanoes. Communities like Barva, Carrizal, Grecia, Santo Domingo and Sarchi tend the growth and development of this coffee known for its fine quality.

WEST VALLEY STRICTLY HARD BEAN

This is grown in rich soils that are located between 1000 and 1200 meters above sea level. Naranjo, Palmares and San Ramon are communities located at these altitudes and which are notes for the warmth of their climate and their people. This very favorable environment is perceptible in the good liquor and aroma of this coffee.

TURRIALBA HARD BEAN

This coffee is special thanks to the excellent size of its bean, its well balanced body and its exquisite aroma... It grows in beautiful valleys under the Caribbean influence of Costa Rica's Atlantic region and ripens between the months of August and December. The people of this area, happy and full of life, contribute to the production of a fruit worthy of the most exacting palate.

TALAMANCA HARD BEAN

This type reigns in the farms found between 800 and 1200 meters above sea level. The canton of Coto Brus, and Perez Zeledon located between this altitudes, has fertile and beautiful lands which are apt for a coffee which possesses good liquor, body and aroma, characteristics maintained through the hard work of the farmers of this area.

"FRIEND OF THE ENVIRONMENT COFFEE"

Nature has been kind to Costa Rican coffee. For this reason our coffee is planted, grows and becomes the traditional "grain of gold" along with the commitment of preserving our natural resources. Organic coffee is not a new type, it results from the scientific and responsible management of the plantation and the processing of the grain. Ecological coffee is an attitude...a good attitude.

Caring for nature begins with the preparation of the land for the planting. Every coffee plantation has a specific number of shade trees whose roots help maintain the soil's availability to avoid erosion. Besides being excellent regulators of light, the trees contribute to an efficient and sustainable use of the land.

The coffee mill has undergone important improvements in water utilization and the processing of the residues. The amount of water needed has been reduced through the use of dry pulp removing techniques. Moreover, the reduced quantity of water required for the process is recycled and finally purified before being discharged.

Thanks to the technique of separation and recovery of solid residues, the subproducts of the coffee milling process can be utilized. The manufacture of organic fertilizers, cattle feed and fuel are examples of the wide range of commercial possibilities that the ecological treatment of coffee offers.

Costa Rica's coffee production has evolved into a prosperous activity which is closely linked to the purity of the water and the transparency of the air. Costa Rica's ecological coffee bears the trade mark of the pride that Costa Ricans feel in their natural resources and the way in which they watch over them.

FOR THE CONNOISSEUR... FEW WORDS ARE NEEDED

It is easy for the connoisseur to select the best brand of coffee; suffice it to savor a cup in which the aroma, the body and the acidity are found in perfect equilibrium. For the connoisseur, the selection of a coffee goes well beyond quality. The connoisseur demands tradition, excellence and, above all, a well-known name. Costa Rican coffee is the name preferred by connoisseurs.

Costa Rican coffee conjures up in it's name the features of a people that has grown and developed with its hand smelling of a people that has grown and developed with its hand smelling of freshly picked fruit. The roots of our identity are interwined from the beginnings of our history with the roots of the coffee bushes. Plans and men have risen from the same earth... with a common destiny.

To say Costa Rica is to say excellent coffee. Our best known brands have the backing of solid enterprises that carry out their work with the pride and dedication that only time can give. Costa Rican coffee is an art that the new generations have inherited from their forefathers to be perfected with each passing day.

Our coffee... your Costa Rican coffee has a history that extends for over two hundred years. During this time, the tireless men and women of this small country have cooperated in coffee plantations, coffee mills, research centers and negotiating tables so that Costa Rica can offer its coffee with the total certainty that it is the best that you, a demanding connoisseur, can find.

IMPORTANT DATA

Our country has an equitable distribution of the land in which we have approximately 50000 coffee producers. The coffee production extends through out the national territory, mainly in the highlands where more than 70 percent of the coffee production is cultivated from 1000 to 1700 meters above sea level, 100 percent of it is from the Arabic species.

The Costa Rican average production is 2.6 million of 60 kilogram bags, from which 2.3 millions are exported and 300 thousand are for internal consumption.

Costa Rica Green Coffee Productions

1991-1992 To 1995-1996 Crops

Crop's

Year

Green Coffee

60 Kilogram Bags

(In Millions)

1991-1992

2,8

1992-1993

2,6

1993-1994

2,5

1994-1995

2,5

1995-1996

2,6


MORE IMPORTANT DATA

The coffee contributes to the national economy in approximately 15% in foreign currency generated by the country's exportation and in the aggregated agronomic value reaches a 25.5 percent. The coffee generates one fourth of the employment of the agronomic industry sector. Is estimated that approximately 12500 families depend on the coffee activity.

Presently, 95 coffee processing firms were in operation and 25 of them are cooperatives that jointly prepare a 40.21 percent of this crop's production.

We also have 2118 coffee fruit receiving stations distributed within the coffee zones of the country, approximately one reception station per each 50 hectares.

Costa Rica Share of Agricultural Gross Product

Year From 1991 To 1995

Percentage

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

Coffee

14,0

11,0

12,5

17,3

22,6

Banana

27,9

31,7

31,5

29,0

28,7

Other

58,1

57,3

56,0

53,7

48,7

TOTAL

100,0

100,0

100,0

100,0

100,0



Information Source:

Costa Rican Coffee Institute (ICAFE).




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