1720 is the probable date of the introduction of coffee to America, when the first seeds of the Arab Coffee species, the typical variety arrived in Martinique Island, Antilles, which seed were later sown in Costa Rica at the end of the 18th century.
The history of Costa Ricans has revolved around coffee growing as an economic activity of great importance, developing their idiosyncrasy and life, and influencing the development of the country model.
Coffee has been called “The Golden Grain” because of the economic prosperity that has brought to Costa Rica.
In the last 100 years, coffee has transformed Costa Rica from a colonial backwater to a relatively opulent and cosmopolitan republic. The founding families owned the largest farms, which produced an oligarchy of coffee. Attracted by work on coffee plantations, hundreds of families from Europe and the Americas came to Costa Rica between the late 1800s and the early 1900s and received land in exchange for working on farms. These families created the most democratic middle class in all of Central America.
Coffee has been the fundamental and driving force for the economic, social and cultural development of Costa Rica, which is why it is known in the coffee jargon as “The Golden Grain”, considered one of the best in the world, standing out for its quality.
Coffee lovers from all over the world rejoice in Costa Rican coffee and delicious blends. Coffee beans have played an important role in the country’s history.
Tourists can explore the heritage and traditions of this popular beverage by taking on of the many popular coffee plantations tours. People can enjoy and feel the heavenly aroma of the beans while they are been roasted, and have plenty of opportunities to taste the final product. And the best part of this is that coffee in Costa Rica is incredibly accessible. Bring a few bags to your home, or buy extras as souvenirs.