Have you ever been sipping a delicious cup of Joe and thought to yourself where on earth did this heavenly beverage come from? We’ve all been there and Britt is here to help answer this burning question. Coffee grows on coffee plantations, each with it’s own style and culture. Here’s an inside look at what some of the plantations we work with look like. Warning: looking at these pictures may make you want to drop everything and visit Costa Rica immediately.
PLANTATIONS IN GENERAL
Costa Rica has the ideal environment for coffee growth and production so there are a lot of coffee plantations around the country
The coffee beans used in your favorite blend are grown on these shrubs.
During harvest season (November to February) the farms fill with coffee pickers who often live with their families in houses on the plantation until the season ends.
Costa Rican coffee is shade grown meaning it (you guessed it) often grows under the shade of the large trees and foliage of the area.
It’s not just coffee pickers who make their home on plantations. You’ll also see lots of animals and insects.
Coffee beans aren’t the only thing growing here, there’s also an abundance of fresh fruit. Bananas? Guayabas? You choose!
This large machine removes the pulp from the outside of the coffee bean to prepare it for roasting.
A large space where the beans are left to dry after being washed.
It may not look like much, but these little green beans are ready to be roasted!
The beans are placed in storage until it is time for them to be roasted and enjoyed by people around the world.