Journey to Origin
Journey to origin

Journey to Origin

We know that true coffee aficionados aren’t just interested in the final product—they also want to know how the coffee beans made their way from farm to cup. SInce we live in the coffee belt, we have a unique opportunity to show you the story behind the steaming beverage that helps you start your day.

Costa Rican Coffee:

Some of the world’s best coffee farms are right around the corner from us, so it’s only fair that we share them with our readers. In this section, you’ll find info on coffee-growing regions, what makes Costa Rican coffee unique, Tico coffee traditions, and the history of the “grano de oro” that revolutionized our small country.



Coffee from Bean to Cup:

Coffee lovers are passionate about the entire production process, and here we give you a glimpse into the lives of those that give us the drink we love. Farmers, pickers, cuppers, and roasters are all essential to a great cup of coffee. Their stories are fascinating, and we are excited to share them with you.



The History of Café Britt:

>We are proud of our role as a driving force behind the gourmet coffee boom in Costa Rica in the last 30 years. As such, a part of the blog includes stories about the history of the company. You’ll learn about important figures in our development, significant moments, and ways that we have changed the way people drink coffee here and abroad. We’ll also tell you about our famous Coffee Tour and hopefully inspire to you make a visit yourself.

Grab a cup of coffee and join us on our Journey to Origin!

International Coffee Day

Journey to Origin: International Coffee Day 2018

September 2018

It’s coming up on our favorite day of the year: International Coffee Day! Each October 1, we celebrate t...

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Cosecha 2018

Journey to origin: Cosecha 2018

June 2018

For the last two weeks, leadership at Café Britt had the chance to come together to work on better ways to serve our customers. The program was called Cosecha, or Harvest, a nod t...

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Climate Change

Journey to Origin: Adapting to Climate Change

May 2018

As a major agricultural product grown in the tropics, coffee is particularly susceptible to the effects of climate change. The overall result will be a decrease in both quantity a...

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Happy Holidays from Cafe Britt

Journey to Origin: Happy Holidays from Cafe Britt

January 2018

The holidays are the perfect opportunity to spend time with those we care the...

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International Coffee Day

Journey to Origin: International Coffee Day

September 2017

Although every day is coffee day for many of us, we always love the opportunity to celebrate our favorite drink with other coffee lovers! So October 1 is a special day at Café Bri...

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Oxcarts The Wheels of Costa Rica

Oxcarts: The Wheels of Costa Rica

April 2017

Costa Rica’s identity as a nation is closely related to our status as one of the top coffee-growing countries in the world, so much so that even one of our national symbols, the o...

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Holidays in Costa Rica

This is how we do Holidays in Costa Rica

December 2016

It's that time of the year again!

Holiday gatherings at our Coffee Plantation in Costa Rica have become a standing tradition of our Team. Surely it's the little det...

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Turrialba Volcano Erupts

Turrialba Volcano Erupts!

December 2016

The Turrialba Volcano

The Turrialba is one of the most active volcanoes in Costa Rica, and it’s named after the same town in the province of Cartago. It’s lo...

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Rainy Season in Costa Rica

The Magic of Rainy Season in Costa Rica

September 2016

Here in Costa Rica we love the rain for many reasons, the least of which is that it’s the perfect coffee drinking weather. More importantly though, rain provides the perfect coffe...

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Meet Our Cupper

Meet our Cupper

September 2016

Carmen Lidia Chavarría, Café Britt’s Master Cupper, has a dream job. As Master Cupper, her main responsibility is to test the flavor of Britt’s coffee. She’s been perfecting her t...

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A Trip to a Plantation

Feel the origin: A trip to a plantation!

August 2016

In a perfect world, we would love to invite you to visit every plantation from where we source our coffee, but since that’s not possible we’re settling...

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The Land of Coffee

The Land of Coffee

August 2016

Why Costa Rica is a Coffee Country?

Coffee is more than a pivotal business in Costa Rica’s economy. It is the driving force molding Costa R...

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The Face Behind Your Coffee

The Faces behind your coffee

August 2016

THE PRODUCER

We work with several coffee producers in order to ensure we provide you the best coffee Costa Rica has to offer. Producers ar...

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The Oldest Mill in Tres Rios Costa Rica

A look into the oldest mill in Tres Ríos

July 2016

“El Patalillo Estate” is a plantation in Tres Rios, near San José. It is surrounded by beautiful mountains, specifically the Carpintera

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How Coffee Helped Build Our National Theater

How coffee helped build our National Theater

July 2016

Coffee revolutionized Costa Rica in numerous ways, but perhaps the most surprising is its role in the development of the arts. In 1891, a group of coff...

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How we changed coffee history

How we changed coffee history

June 2016

1720 is the probable date of introduction of coffee to America, when the first seeds of the species Coffea Arabica, Typica variety arrived which were then planted in the Province ...

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8 Costa Rican coffee regions

8 Costa Rican coffee regions

June 2016

You know what your favorite Costa Rican coffee is, but do you know the story of the region that produced it? Costa Rica has eight coffee regions, each ...

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A look into tres rios

A look into Tres Rios

June 2016

Despite its small size, the Tres Rios coffee region has earned the nickn...

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Blooming Season

Blooming Season

June 2016

The dark red cherries dangling from coffee plants during harvest season are recognizable worldwide, but in order for these cherries to grow every year,...

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A look into Poas

A look into Poás

May 2016

It’s no secret that Costa Rica produces some of the best coffee in the world, but in order for the world to first taste those coffees, we relied on Read more

Meet our master barista

Meet our master barista

May 2016

Those of us who haunt local coffee shops or only associate with coffee connoisseurs know the importance of baristas. It might seem obvious, but baristas are important. Like really...

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Fall in Love With Costa Rica in 10 Pictures

Fall in Love With Costa Rica in 10 Pictures

April 2016

Monteverde Suspension Bridge in Costa Rica Read more

Meet Our Roaster Miguel Chavarria

Meet Our Roaster
Miguel Chavarria

April 2016

Some of you may have been wondering who you have to thank for the steaming cup of gourmet deliciousness that revives your spirit each morning. Well look no further. It is our plea...

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 It’s Harvest Season in Costa Rica

It’s Harvest Season in Costa Rica

February 2016

As the winds pick up, the scent of blossoming coffee beans is swept across Costa Rica, alerting farmers that the time has come to harvest their crop. H...

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Looking Back on 30 Years: Coffee, Costa Rica, and Pura Vida

July 2015

Even though we don’t know the exact date of our anniversary, we do know that we turn 30 this month, and that’s a pretty big deal to u...

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A look into the Tarrazú Coffee Region

A look into the Tarrazú Coffee Region

May 2015

Even though this little country can fit into the state of Texas approximately 13 times (read: it’s pretty small), Costa Rica’s reputation for producing...

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Red coffee cherries on a branch

See why Costa Rica-grown Arabica beans make the best coffee

May 2015

Britt and coffee were made for each other. Our Costa Rica & Peru coffees are characterized as being bright, clean, balanced and highly aromatic.

Costa Rican beans offer ...

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The Story Behind our Fair Trade Gourmet Coffee

October 2013

Environmental Protection and Social Responsibility are the way we do things every day.

Café Britt has always done business around Fair Trade. Always will. All of our coffe...

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Colombia, Shakira, presidents & missing picture

May 2012

About six months ago I received an email from something called "CEO's Summit of the Americas." Attached was a...

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Costa Rica - Pura Vida Part 2

February 2012

In December I shared my views about some of the values we have here in Costa Rica and about how these values ...

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Costa Rica - Pura Vida!

December 2011

Costa Rica’s development must continue to revolve around respect for the environment. The country recently halted a concession for open-pit gold mining. The Supreme Court ruled th...

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You've been good. Have a Cookie!

August 2011

In fact, have four! Britt’s home-style cookies are so fresh and delicious, you’ll want to try them all. We’ve chosen our flavors and ingredients carefully to make these crunchy bi...

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The scrutiny and science of certified organics

October 2010

Natural and earth friendly, organic coffee is grown using farming methods that maintain and replenish soil fertility without using pesticides or chemical fertilizers – that’s a bi...

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The process of a new product

April 2009

Creativity, along with communication, commitment and character are Cafe Britt's core values.

Here we are in the middle of the worst economic crisis of our lifetime, yet ...

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Crocodiles, Palm trees and Chocolate Covered Oranges

July 2008

Miami is called the crossroads of the Americas. It’s also known as the capital of Latin America. And for good...

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More than just the first

February 2008

My father was from the town of Kovno in Lithuania.

He told me about a tailor shop he knew as a young man there called “Misha’s – The Best Tailor in Kov...

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Multi-origin, multi-local

October 2007

Café Britt now has operations in seven countries and employs over 900 people. A corporation we are. Corporate we’re not. If we had manuals and a central marketing dep...

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Food, Glorious Food

February 2007

We’ve had a restaurant at our roastery headquarters here in Costa Rica for years. Our early goals were to provide well-prepared, creative Costa Rican cooking to our guests who wor...

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A Whole New World

October 2006

Those of us who’ve spent decades in the coffee business are still here because ...

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Coffee country blooms in Curacao

August 2006

Café Britt has opened three, sparkling new coffee and gift stores at the Hato International Airport on the Ca...

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The Year of the Cacao Bean

December 2005

That’s right, cocoa. True, we’ve made a name for ourselves off the coffee bean. But you really love our chocolates, too. And we’re about to give you more of them.

In fact,...

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Coffee and the Berlin Wall

October 2005

An unexpected effect of German reunification came to me last month, as I sipped a terrible cup of coffee in a...

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Different Strokes

August 2005

People can all get along. It does happen. And, ironically, it’s happening in Jerusalem.

I traveled to this walled city recently, not on business and not to see friends. Read more

Doing business in a new world

August 2005

When the Wall Street investment banks crashed, the world changed, but fine coffee and Read more

Café Britt opens 3 airport stores and a coffee roaster in Peru

October 2004

Beginning in February, Café Britt will begin roasting coffee and manufacturing chocolate in the South American city of Lima, Peru. We decided on our Peruvian venture when we won t...

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Britt’s new Cappuccino CoffeeTour features the barista’s art

August 2004

The fifth edition of the World Barista Championship, the “Olympic Games” for baristas or coffee bartenders, took place in Trieste, Italy June 18-20.

The now yearly co...

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Capitalist opportunity in communist China

June 2004

Brash and ready for western-style business, China feels it can do anything, and I’d have to agree with it.

I observed this invincibility for myself during a March 27 to Apri...

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Café Britt south

March 2004

Beginning in February, Café Britt will begin roasting coffee and manufacturing chocolate in the South American city of Lima, Peru. We decided on our Peruvian venture when w...

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18th anniversary: Café Britt Comes of Age

August 2003

1985. Oscar Arias was running as de presidential candidate in Costa Rica, conceiving a Central American peace plan that would take him to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Mikhail Gorbac...

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Expotur: Time for New Products

June 2003

The last-minute madness that envelops Britt the week before Costa Rica’s largest tourism trade show, Expotur, was at its frenetic height this year, as our tourism,...

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The coffee crisis...!

April 2003

Coffee prices on the worldwide commodity markets are extremely low. In fact, we are seeing the lowest levels in real terms since World War II! The simplest reason is that too much...

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From the plantation to your cup

February 2003

I’m a firm believer that your mistakes are your best learning opportunities.  Our Wal-Mart experience is one of those.

Café Britt started in 1986 as a company known ...

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Welcome to Café Britt's first e-newsletter!

December 2002

We are always looking for new avenues of communication with our clients. Many of you are already receiving our mailings, but we thought a newsletter would be a great way of lettin...

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