Coffee – it’s as central to Costa Rica’s identity as lush jungles and rich biodiversity. In fact, café played a defining role in Costa Rica’s history and economy since the late 18th Century.
Production originated around 1779 in the Central Valley region, near Costa Rica’s capital city of San José. Locals discovered the land to be extremely conducive to growing coffee due to its fertile soil and cooler temperatures. Because of these conditions, Costa Rica’s coffee production remains centered in the San Jose/Central Valley area to this day.