Welcome to a new installment of Coffee Country Spotlight, the only place you can learn about an interesting country and their role in the world of coffee, all while sipping your own steamy cup of delicious pick me up any time of day coffee. Today’s country of choice is….drum roll please…Costa Rica! (Did you catch that awesome announcer voice?)
Here are some fun facts about the beautiful country of Costa Rica.
- Costa Rica isn’t all that big. In fact, the entire country is a bit smaller than Lake Michigan.
- The average life expectancy in Costa Rica is 77 years old, one of the highest in the world.
- Almost all the Catholic churches in Costa Rica face west.
- The country has more than 800 miles of coastline.
- There are more than 121 volcanic formations in Costa Rica, and seven of these formations are active.
It’s amazing what you can learn in a day, isn’t it. Now, that you’ve had your daily dose of fun facts let’s dive into the real reason we’re here today…Costa Rican coffee! Can I get a woot woot!? The Costa Rican economy, like all of the southern countries, is dependent on their exports. It should come as no surprise that Costa Rica’s third highest export is coffee..
Costa Rica’s coffee production business began in 1779 in Meseta Central with the Arabica coffee plant. Revenue from coffee is probably the top in the country, surpassing other exports such as cacao, tobacco and even sugar. The coffee produced in Costa Rica is considered some of the best in the world, and the coffee produced in Tarrazu has been said to be the best by far. In fact, 2012 study showed the Tarrazu Geisha coffee bean was the most expensive coffee sold by the popular coffee chain, Starbucks. *whispers* they use the Clover automated French Press for this particular coffee type, just a tiny piece of advice. *winks*
The climate and land of Costa Rica is perfect for growing coffee plants. Because of the high amount of volcanic formations, the soil is slightly acidic. This makes the soil very fertile, producing an amazing coffee crop.
It is amazing how diverse the world of coffee can be. I betas you sit there watching your coffee maker drip in the morning you don’t think about where your coffee comes from. And no, I don’t mean from the local grocery store shelf, I mean where your coffee REALLY came from.
No matter where you get your coffee from the main point is to make sure you never run out. Thanks for joining us on another installment of Coffee Country Spotlight, hope to see you again next time!