National Coffee Day is celebrated worldwide as a day dedicated to the enjoyment and celebration of coffee, the beverage of choice for millions as they start their day.
Celebrated on September 12 in Costa Rica, National Coffee Day is also a way to promote fair trade coffee and raise awareness for the plight of coffee growers in Costa Rica. Coffee has become one of the products Costa Rica is best known for. Costa Rica’s Central Valley provided ideal conditions to grow one of its first Arabica plants, including fertile soil, high altitude, and cool climate.
Coffee production was encouraged by the Costa Rican government in the 19th century, and they offered free land to coffee farmers. By 1829, coffee production skyrocketed, and the revenue from coffee surpassed that of tobacco, sugar, and cacao. Revenue from coffee production eventually contributed to the modernization of Costa Rica, including a railroad that connected with the Atlantic Coast and a national theater, which was built in San Jose.
Costa Rica is the thirteenth largest producer of coffee in the world. Costa Rican coffees are mild and softly acidic and are mostly grown in the San Jose, Alajuela, Puntarenas, Heredia, and Cartago provinces.
Coffee plantation tours are available and at Manuel Antonio Rentals, our concierge service would be happy to help you coordinate one during your Costa Rica vacation. Guides explain how coffee is grown and harvested, including the depulping, drying, and roasting processes. At the end of most tours, fresh cups of coffee are available for enjoyment.