Costa Rica Coffee Guide

BRINGING in the coffee

January 14, 2005

It’s harvest time at Finca María Los Ángeles in San Rafaelde Heredia, a coffee farm that has been in proprietor Antonio García’s family for severalgenerations. Each day during harvest season, an average of 20 coffee pickersfill approximately 180 cajuelas (bushel baskets).Clockwise from top left: coffee beans are measured into cajuelas, for which pickersare paid ¢500 each; Manuel Villalobos fills his container with yellow and red coffeebeans; a coffee picker carries a traditional cajuela to be measured and placed in thetruck for transport; Cristián, 4, picks up ripe coffee beans that have fallen on theground.

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