Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Coffee Talk

Let me start by saying this -- I have never been much of a coffee drinker.

In the states I sort of pretended to drink a Starbucks Caramel Macchiato (which would inevitably end up in the garbage at days end)!

I had done some reading about the benefits of coffee before moving to Costa Rica but decided to do some serious research one I arrived. I also wanted to taste some "real" coffee.

First up - why not rent a house on a coffee farm?

OK - With that completed I started on my journey to understanding coffee.

our chorreador (purchased @ Espiritu Santo)

The history of Costa Rica has been tied to coffee plantations. Costa Rica's location between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean make ideal conditions for the cultivation of coffee.

Let's talk coffee!!

  • There are more than 100 coffee trees per head of population
  • This makes more than 400 million coffee trees in Costa Rica, a country of 3.7 million inhabitants, 
  • After bananas, Costa Rican’s main export is coffee
  • While they export huge amounts of coffee beans, Ticos (Costa Ricans) keep a lot of their coffee right at home. You’ll find a “chorreador” in Just about every home in Costa Rica, the apparatus used to make a pot or a mug of coffee that’s been described as a ‘coffee sock.’ The chorreador consists of a wood stand that holds the cloth filter that holds the coffee grounds, and then the hot water is poured through, first absorbing into the cloth and seeping slowly into the pot or mug
  • There are more than 300 different top quality Arabica coffees from Costa Rica. It is illegal to grow any other type of coffee. 

    There are also a wide (and varied) variety of benefits to drinking coffee. 
    Many you can learn by taking a tour such as we did. 

    Check out our Espiritu Santo Coffee Tour below

Coffee Talk from Devon on Vimeo.
Video link above

We are buying organic coffee (very hard to find) from a new friend who grows coffee right in our neighborhood.   Love her coffee

Vista Ladera Estate

Her name is Sandra Brooks and she is an African American who has lived in Costa Rica since 2002.
For more please check out her coffee and her story here

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