If you’re interested in taking your coffee knowledge to the next level, look no further. There are plenty of Costa Rican terms you may already know: Mae, Pura Vida, and Tuanis. Here’s a list of some of the other most commonly used words on Costa Rican coffee plantations that will take your coffee expertise to the next level.
Terms used for “farm,” “estate,” or “plantation”
MATA DEL CAFÉ
The coffee plant.
Name for the coffee processing plant where coffee fruit is transformed into green coffee beans
Type of blend consisting of coffee from only one location or plot of land
Official unit of measurement established by the Costa Rican government to measure coffee picking
Foreman of the plantation, responsible for giving workers their assignments each day
Literally translated “street” this term refers to the row of red coffee the pickers will be responsible on a given day
Branch of the coffee plant with many beans growing from it
Basket coffee pickers wear on their waist to put coffee cherries in
Also known as peaberries, these are a rare type of coffee bean where only one of the two seeds present in the bean becomes fertilized
Also known as the silverskin or parchment, this is the thin, paper-like wrapping that remains on a coffee bean after the skin and pulp have been removed