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Coffees of the World...Costa Rica

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Coffees of the World...Costa Rica

Carrie Masek

The new crop of coffee from Central America is just beginning to come in. As they arrive, we thought we'd share our favorites and why we love them. First up...the coffee of Costa Rica.

Coffee has been grown in Costa Rica since 1779. Excellent coffee grows in many regions of the country, but the coffee from Tarrazu is our favorite. Why? In a word...blueberries. The best Costa Rican coffee has a delightful blueberry note that we love. Balanced with a rich hint of chocolate, our favorite Costa Rican coffees roll softly across the tongue like a fresh blueberries dipped in chocolate fondue or the finest blueberry bonbon.

The first of the new crop Costa Rica Tarrazu, Cafe Vida, is from a cooperative called Coope Tarrazu RL. At a light roast, the blueberry notes are lively and bright. Take the coffee to a Vienna roast or darker, and the bright notes turn sweet for an even sweeter, richer cup. Any way we roast it, Costa Rica Cafe Vida is a great example of why we love the coffee of Costa Rica.