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This week in the Peace Corps: A grassroots look inside your morning cup of joe
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Changemakers
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This week in the Peace Corps: A grassroots look inside your morning cup of joe

Brittany S. / Peace Corps Costa Rica - November 12, 2018

What time of the year is it? It’s coffee picking season. Coffee all over Costa Rica is in full swing. In my beautiful high-altitude mountainous community along…

Café Viñas: Impact of geography on taste of coffee
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Café Viñas: Impact of geography on taste of coffee

Alissa Grosskopf - November 2, 2018

The coffee farm Café Viñas lies up on a hill near Turrialba Volcano and its coffee grows in volcanic soil. According to farmer Gustavo Vargas Cordoba, those are ideal…

A tour through Café Viñas and a great cup of coffee
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Coffee
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A tour through Café Viñas and a great cup of coffee

Duncan Anderson - October 29, 2018

Cartago — Tucked away in the foothills of the Turrialba Volcano is Café Viñas, an artisanal Costa Rican coffee experience. Sixty-year-old Gustavo Vargas Cordoba produces natural, high-altitude,…

Climate change threatens Latin America coffee producers
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Climate Change
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Climate change threatens Latin America coffee producers

AFP - September 12, 2017

Climate change is threatening the Latin American zones most favorable for growing coffee, according to a study out Monday that warns production could drop by nearly 90…

Starbucks shareholders take virtual reality tour of Costa Rican farm
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Starbucks shareholders take virtual reality tour of Costa Rican farm

AFP and The Tico Times - March 23, 2017

Starbucks partners and shareholders, including Lisa Haeg of Puyallup, Washington, took part in a virtual reality tour of the Starbucks Costa Rica coffee farm, Hacienda Alsacia, before…

Chanel’s new anti-aging serum contains Costa Rican green coffee
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Chanel’s new anti-aging serum contains Costa Rican green coffee

L. Arias - February 9, 2017

Cosmetic giant Chanel has developed a new anti-aging product with ingredients including green coffee from Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula. The northwestern Pacific region, in the province of Guanacaste,…

Starbucks introduces exclusive coffee from its Costa Rica farm
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Starbucks introduces exclusive coffee from its Costa Rica farm

L. Arias - January 26, 2017

In San José this week, Starbucks officially presented its Hacienda Alsacia coffee, a new variety of Arabica named after the farm that the company owns in Costa Rica.…

Hurricane Otto caused $15 million in losses for Costa Rican coffee sector
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Hurricane Otto caused $15 million in losses for Costa Rican coffee sector

L. Arias - December 13, 2016

Hurricane Otto caused severe losses to coffee producers to the tune of  ₡8.37 billion (approximately $15 million), according to estimates from the Costa Rican Coffee Institute (ICAFE). ICAFE’s…

Costa Rica’s Cup of Excellence has record-breaking auction 
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Costa Rica’s Cup of Excellence has record-breaking auction 

Zach Dyer - June 21, 2016

Francisco Mena is a very happy man. On Tuesday, Mena’s top scoring coffee in the 2016 Cup of Excellence competition set a new record at auction: $59…

Costa Rica’s best coffee was grown by a newbie farmer
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Costa Rica’s best coffee was grown by a newbie farmer

Zach Dyer - June 14, 2016

LOURDES DE CIRRÍ, Alajuela — It looked like rain when Francisco Mena got into his truck with one of his two daughters, 12-year-old Alessia, to go look for…

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