Costa Rican Coffee Farm

Costa Rica began harvesting its gourmet coffee this week and it looks to be a record crop in terms of quality and quantity. Look for a very flavorful and rich and smooth coffee and tons of it. The best gourmet coffee is having its best crop ever and people all over the world have to be toating this.

Costa Rican coffee has set the standards for fine wet-processed coffee for the rest of Central and South America. The most famous coffees by region are Tarrazu, Tres Rios, HerediĆ” (Barva), Alajuela and Alajuela Poas Volcano. Single Origin Coffee: Estate or "varietal" coffees are unblended coffees grown on specific estates or farms in specific regions of Costa Rica. Costa rica is also a Fair Trade country with its ICAFE regulations and is a shade tree regions - like the Brava Estate Natural coffee) employed in the production of their coffee. Costa Rica has the perfect enviroment and climate for growing gourmet coffee plus the right altitiude. These differences in climatic factors determine the flavor of the final cup.

Costa Rican coffee has set the standards for fine wet-processed coffee for the rest of Central and South America. The regions famous for exceptional coffee are Tarrazu, Tres Rios, HerediĆ”, Alajuela and Alajuela Poas Volcano. Costa Rican coffee grown in a specific region is also called a coffee appellation. Farmers are saying the past summer weather conditions were perfect and no adverse storms to factor in. Costa Rican coffee farmers are forecasting record crop yields - both in quantity and quality. The farmers are predicting exceptional levels for the highest grades and the organic certified coffee. The number one select is supposed to be the most robust flavor it has ever had. We are seeing huge coffee cherries everywhere we go - report Samuel Diaz, an organic coffee farmer from the Central Valley.

And Costa Rican coffee farmers all across Costa Rica growing regions are reporting record crops. Tres Rios which harvests in December says the cherries are so full of coffee beans they are sitting on the ground in many areas. The Tarrazu region which harvests in November gives the same bountiful report.

The Brunca Region and Orasi regions which started harvesting this month report huge crops. The local Costa Rican people are raving about the first crops picked - excellent rich flavor. Says Maria Sanchez - if this were comparing to wine Costa rica would be putting Italy to shame with this crop. The West Valley starts harvesting next week and the locals say the coffee will be off the charts in every category.

Unfortunately many Costa Rican coffee brands are not 100% pure regional coffee. This high quality Costa Rica coffee is in short supply and is mixed in with other Costa Rica coffee regions to increase the profits and raise the taste quality. These retail brands should actually be called Costa Rica Coffee Blends but pass themselves off as the real thing. Many high end retail coffee chains use Costa Rican coffee as the main blend for their breakfast blends and house blends, some even use a blend for their "Costa Rican" coffee and mislabel them as estate coffee. So be sure your Costa Rican coffee is labeled Tarrazu or Tres Rios not just Costa Rican to be sure you are getting a pure estate coffee and not a blended gourmet coffee.

This winter 2008 is seeing record production in Costa Rican coffee production. Considered by many to produce the world's best overall gourmet coffee, now seems to be the time to try your favorite Costa Rica coffee. By Christmas look in your store for this awesome gourmet coffee crop. Its got a great flavor and very smooth this year with a huge harvest it should be easy to find.

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About The Author, Boake Moore
Boake Moore is an IT solutions salesman and owns a non profit gourmet coffee company called Mission Grounds - that donates all its profits to helping homeless children and orphans.