We ethically source our coffee from the 8 coffee regions of Costa Rica. Cafeoteca is the proud partner of 15 amazing single estate, micro-lot family run farms, that produce exceptional beans. Each region is known for producing a coffee with its unique characteristics and flavors.
The Brunca Region is located in the far south of the country near the Panamá border. This region is the youngest in Costa Rica to produce coffee, starting in the 1950's when Italian colonists arrived. La Amistad farm is located in the town Coto Brus, within a humid and tropical forest, with volcanic soil, ideal for coffee farming. Harvest: From September to February.
The Guanacaste Region is located in the northwest part of Costa Rica, with 3 small areas of coffee farming. Guanacaste region is known for warm and dry weather, coffee farms are located in the mountain areas with a more fresh and humid climate. Soil is mostly volcanic, with great fertility and structure. Harvest: - Sarapiquí Area from July to December. - Puntarenas Area from October to February.
The Orosi Region is located in the center of the country, the smallest coffee region in Costa Rica and hosts one of the most ancient comunities in Costa Rica, from the colonial times. The oldest temple is in use since 1743. With a coffee tradition for more than 100 years, most of the economic activities relies on that production. Orosi has a very special geografic scenario, which receives climatic influence from the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean. It is an elogagated valley protected by Biological Reserves and National parks in the mountains. It rains more than 200 days a year and soil is highly fertile with volcanic origin. Harvest: from August to February.
Tarrazú Region is Located in the southwest part of Costa Rica, Sanctuary for mistic birds and great forests, produces one of the best SHB coffees in Costa Rica, in small valleys and steep mountainsides. Most of the crops are shade grown, with sedimentary acidic soil. Known for a very uniform maturation and high quality fruit. Harvest: From November to March.
Tres Rios Region is located a few miles away from the Capital in the east side of the valley. It is the smallest coffee region, very close to volcanic activity and produces the most refined cup in the country, since 1820. Known as the Bordeaux of Costa Rica. The SHB (Strictky Hard Bean) produced in Tres Rios is the result of lots of sun and high humidity all over the year, with very uniform climate and soil thanks to the very small area. With tropical acidity, volcanic ashes, rich in organic matter coffee plant roots can grow with good distribution, wich allows oxygenation and humidity retention. The combination of these factors contribute to the great coffee quality production. Tres Rios has a privileged cup profile, close to perfect in every way. Harvest: From August to February.
Turrialba Region is located on the Atlantic side of Costa Rica, close to the volcano with the same name. Produces most of its coffee in alternation with Sugar Cane, Cacao and Bananas since 1830. The crops grow in low lands, with high humidity and warmth. The soils is alluvial and volcanic and crops shade grown. The weather influences the harvest and produces one of the earliest harvest. Harvest: From June to February.
Central Valley Region, is located in the center of the country. This is the biggest coffee producing region and it is also the most densely populated region, where the capital of the country is located, San José. It is in this region where coffee cultivation begins in the last decade of the 18th century. In 1820 the first coffee export to Panama was recorded. With coffee and its export to Europe, the railroad, the mail, the printing press, the first university and the construction of the National Theater, among others, arrived in Costa Rica. More than 80% of the coffee trees are planted at high altitudes which produces a stronger, acidic and more aromatic cup. Harvest: From November to March.
West Valley Region is located center west of the country, and started its coffee production in the 19th Century. They produce SHB, GHB and HB and 85% of the farmers are very small producers. It is a region where wealth has a good distribution, which has enabled a socially and economic stability over the years. Has very fertile volcanic soil, 81% humidity, warm temperatures all over the year and good sun exposure. 75% of the plantations are coffee forests which allows to clean 5 millions tons of Co2 per hectare a year. Good agricultural practices are constant in coffee plantations and the work in harmony with nature in which the producers, beneficiaries and exporters are committed. Harvest: From November to February.