Costa Rica’s best coffee is from Naranjo
Twenty international judges evaluated more than 30 Tico coffee samples and determined that Costa Rica’s best coffee is produced in Naranjo, Alajuela, at 1,650 meters above sea level, and in San Marcos de Tarrazú, south of the capital.
Two coffee processing centers, or beneficios, located in these cantons took the top spots in the “2013 Costa Rica Cup of Excellence” Friday evening.
Of the 30 samples tested, 22 surpassed the minimum qualification of 85, needed to participate in a worldwide online auction that will take place on June 19.
Oldermar Arrieta and his wife, Marlene Brenes, are the owners of “Beneficio Vista al Valle” in Naranjo, where they sell their coffee. Now they expect to sell it across the country.
They were extremely happy for the win, especially since the company is 100-percent family-run. The couple operates the farm and beneficio with only the help of three children.
Judges said they were impressed with the quality on display at this year’s competition, especially since a decrease in international coffee prices and losses caused by coffee rust fungus have affected many coffee farms in Costa Rica. It is estimated that more than 90 of the farms affected are run by small farmers.
You may be interested
ECLAC projects 23% drop in exports in Latin America and the Caribbean due to pandemicAFP - August 7, 2020
International trade in Latin America and the Caribbean could fall 23% in 2020 due to the impact of the coronavirus…
ICT confirms requirements for international travel insurance policiesAlejandro Zúñiga - August 6, 2020
The Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) has confirmed the insurance requirements for foreigners who wish to visit Costa Rica during…
Unemployment in Costa Rica reaches 24%, the highest in its historyAFP and The Tico Times - August 6, 2020
Unemployment in Costa Rica reached 24% in the April-June quarter, the highest on record, as the country continues to suffer…