Costa Rica

The micro-mill revolution


SCA Score

83.0 - 87.25


Farmers

22


Price (USD/kg)

$2.21 USD - $22.05 USD

Costa Rica is highly regarded for its quality and the invention of the honey process. The coffees from this origin tend to be bright, fruity and complex. Even the regional washed blends present clear berry and citrus notes. The small country, located between Nicaragua and Panamá, is also a famous surfing destination, famous for its beautiful beaches and biodiversity. Costa Rica is the second wealthiest country in Central America and has high production costs, which pushes the average coffee price up if compared to its neighbours. 

Coffee arrived in Costa Rica in the late 18th century. It was first cultivated in the rich volcanic soils and favourable climatic conditions in the central Meseta region. The production has since flourished. In 2019, the country registered around 38.000 growers, most of them small. Production spreads around 8 regions: Central Valley, West Valley, Tarrazu, Tres Rios, Orosi, Brunca, Turrialba and Guanacaste. Today, over 70% of the country’s production is of specialty grade and the main buyers are the United States, Belgium and Germany. The harvest runs from December to March.

Thanks to the “micro-mill revolution” in the last two decades, Costa Rica also has one of the most democratic models of coffee production in the world. In a country where 90% of all producers grow less than 5 hectares of land, the number of micro-mill facilities on the farm has increased dramatically and continues to grow. Without this reliance on third-party millers, producers have been able to retain more of the value of their coffee. They also benefit from more freedom to experiment with innovative new processing methods.

Algrano in Costa Rica

The first offer from Costa Rica was uploaded by a grower on the platform in 2016. It was an 87 points honey micro-lot from the town of Naranjo in the Central Valley. The offers from this region have become much more diverse since then but the quality remains high. Algrano has partnered with different cooperatives in the country since that date in many of the main growing regions: West and Central Valleys, Tarrazu, Turrialba and Brunca. We also partner with exporters Coricafé for consolidations and with feminist organization Bean Voyage for offers of female produced coffees.

Featured coffees

  • Don Claudio Natural
    CR-38-202012 • Current harvest
    Don Claudio Natural

    Offered by Coopeagri R.L.

    • Costa Rica
    • Natural/Sun Dried
    • Raspberry, Candy-like, Greek yogurt
    • 87.25 points
  • Don Claudio Washed
    Don Claudio Washed

    Offered by Coopeagri R.L.

    • Costa Rica
    • Fully washed
    • Citrus fruit, Greenish, Dark berries
    • 86.0 points
  • La Pastora Tarrazú ( Costa Rica )
    CoopetarrazÚ R.L.
    Verified Grower
    CR-79-202101 • Current harvest
    La Pastora Tarrazú ( Costa Rica )

    Offered by CoopetarrazÚ R.L.

    • Costa Rica
    • Blackberry, Plum, Chocolate
    • 83.25 points
  • Coopelibertad - Matinilla Fancy
    Coopelibertad R.L
    Verified Grower
    CR-83-202101 • Current harvest
    Coopelibertad - Matinilla Fancy

    Offered by Coopelibertad R.L

    • Costa Rica
    • Spice, Greenish, Stone fruit
    • 83.5 points
  • Deredia Blend
    Coopelibertad R.L
    Verified Grower
    CR-84-202011 • Current harvest
    Deredia Blend

    Offered by Coopelibertad R.L

    • Costa Rica
    • Fully washed
    • Greenish, Red berries, Stone fruit
    • 83.5 points
  • Juan Lopez - Natural
    Juan Lopez - Natural

    Offered by Coopeagri R.L.

    • Costa Rica
    • Natural/Sun Dried
    • Raspberry, Tropical fruit, Rummy
    • 87.0 points
  • Senel Campos - Yellow Honey
    Senel Campos - Yellow Honey

    Offered by Coopeagri R.L.

    • Costa Rica
    • Honey
    • Dried fruit, Black currant, Rosehip
    • 86.75 points

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