Costa Rican coffee beans are considered among the best in the world, and if you've tried it you'll definitely agree.
Coffee came to Costa Rica for the first time at the end of the 18th century. It was also the first country in Central America to develop this important crop. In 2006, coffee was the 3 largest export crop, proving to be invaluable to the country.
The largest growing areas are in the provinces of San José, Alajuela, Heredia, Puntarenas, and Cartago. The coffee is exported to other countries in the world and is also exported to cities in Costa Rica.
If you take a coffee tour you'll see vibrantly coloured carts that are also beautiful art pieces that are intimately linked to coffee, and have a tradition that dates back more than three centuries.
Coffee continues to manifest in new forms of expression such as the cultivation of organic coffee, “ecological and in harmony with the environment”
The production of Gourmet coffee, the coffee tours that attract foreign tourists, the most diverse handicrafts associated with the cultivation of coffee: the coffee pot and the tin cup, the painted cart and its yokes of oxen loaded with coffee beans, the little houses of Abobe, the peasant woman with her colored petticoat, the baskets to collect the grain, the handkerchief, the machete and the peasant.
If you're looking for a coffee excursion we suggest the Coffee N' Jungle Night Tour. Ranking #1 of 27 tours available in Monteverde by trip advisor. This is about 3hr drive from our villa or even the San Jose or Liberia airport so we suggest during your stay at La Casa Azul you rent a car and use a GPS and make a date of it.