Part of the Pacific Ring of Fire Circle, Costa Rica has over 200 identifiable volcanic formations dating back over 65 million years. Today 100 or so show signs of volcanic activity, and five are classified as active volcanoes. Most of the volcanoes in Costa Rica lie in the northern part of the country and in the Central Highlands; these are prime coffee growing regions.
Coffee is synonymous with Costa Rica’s history, and continues to play a major role in the country’s exports and larger economy.
Local coffee farmers are known to take pride in their harvests. In fact, Costa Rican coffee farmers were one of the first drivers in the global movement towards quality in a cup. That is why even today, many coffee farmers continue to hand-pick coffee cherries instead of using modern machinery. This ensures greater quality control by allowing each coffee cherry to mature and develop its full flavour character before harvesting.