Costa Rica Coffee Tour – “The Golden Bean”
Spanning over 200 years, the coffee industry has been a vital force in the Costa Rica’s rich history and the development of Costa Rican culture and society. Coffee has been a major cornerstone of the nation’s economy. Because of its importance to Costa Rica’s economy, it is locally referred to as The Golden Bean. Coffee in Costa Rica is some of the best in the world. Why is coffee in Costa Rica so excellent? The coffee beans grow in nutrient-rich volcanic soil and-and grows at varying altitudes. There are eight local regions for coffee production in Costa Rica, and each region is committed to the responsible treatment of the natural environment. Coffee is a fun and enjoyable activity in Costa Rica.
Since the First Bean Coffee has been Important!
The first coffee beans arrived in the New World from Africa around 1700s. Late in that decade, Costa Rica began to try to produce more profitable crops, and what they found was that coffee grew very successfully and was very profitable. By 1820 Costa Rica was the first Central American country to be able to establish a flourishing coffee industry. Its first export of coffee went to Panama and then to Europe via Chile. Because coffee’s prosperous, a printing press began, and coffee seeds were distributed to landowners for planting to boost production. When the mid-1800s came around coffee production was flourishing and was being transported throughout the country on ox carts.
Costa Rica Coffee Tour, The 1900s to Today
Countries in the rest of the world liked the coffee from Costa Rica, and the demand rose. Then they began to export coffee to the United States, a much faster trade route then to Europe. As the demand increased for more coffee, it also increased for better infrastructure. Because of coffee Costa Rica’s infrastructure expanding significantly in the late 1800s to the mid-1900s. The railway to the Atlantic Coast was built, then a railway to the Pacific Coast and banks began to emerge as did post offices. Costa Rica then applied taxes to coffee that was active in encouraging exportation. The lead exportation during the 1900’s is coffee. Modern day Costa Rica still sees a significant exportation of coffee and the increased awareness of sustainable coffee production.
Learn about the Sustainable Practices on this Costa Rica Coffee Tour
Today there are programs to improve cultivation, milling, and the marketing of coffee all by following a sustainable model. Coffee in Costa Rica now tries to grow in harmony with the environment and to go along with how green Costa Rica is. Costa Rican law has a set standard for coffee mills for the highest quality coffee. These regulations are in place to help protect the environment including water, forests, and wildlife. The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Environment in Costa Rica regulate the law concerning the coffee production. Coffee in Costa Rica is an excellent way to help improve Costa Rica’s socio-economic and a way to increase sustainable practices.