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!

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    Coffee, a National Symbol of Costa Rica

    September 2020

    Much of what Costa Rica is today is the result of two centuries of coffee production. Economic development, education, and culture were all radically tr...

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  • Title card Fair Trade Coffee From Cafe Britt

    The Story Behind Our Fair Trade Gourmet Coffee

    May 2020

    The Café Britt mission and business model are based on the concepts of fair treatment and environmental protection. To us, sustaina...

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  • 10 Facts About Independence Day in Costa Rica

    10 Facts About Independence Day in Costa Rica

    September 2019

    September 15th is Costa Rica’s Independence Day. For those of you that haven’t had the chance to visit us during the celebrations, we want to share some fun facts to help you...

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  • International Coffee Day

    International Coffee Day 2018

    September 2018

    It’s coming up on our favorite day of the year: International Coffee Day! Each October 1, ...

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  • Cosecha 2018

    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 ...

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  • Climate Change

    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

    Happy Holidays from Cafe Britt

    January 2018

    The ...

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  • International Coffee Day

    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 Caf...

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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: It's that time of the year again!

    December 2016

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

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  • Turrialba Volcano Erupts

    Turrialba Volcano Erupts!

    December 2016

    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 ...

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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 Master 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 Café Britt’s coffee. She’s been perfecting ...

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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 set...

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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...

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  • How to change coffee history

    Café Britt 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 Prov...

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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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  • Coffee Flowers in Bloom

    Coffee Flowers in Bloom

    June 2016

    Coffee lovers will recognize the dark red cherries dangling from coffee plants during harvest season, but in order for the fruit to grow every year, th...

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  • A look into Poas

    A look into Poás

    May 2016

    The Poas Volcano is one of Costa Rica's most popular tourist attractions, but it also plays a key role in the coffee industry. In fact, ...

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  • 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

    It doesn't take much to fall in love with Costa Rica! Any one of the million tourists that we receive annually can tell you about the moment whe...

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  • 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 ple...

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  • It's Harvest Season in Costa Rica

    It’s Harvest Season in Costa Rica

    February 2016

    The fruity smell of ripe coffee cherries means that our favorite time is coming soon: coffee harvest season. In Costa Rica, the harvest comes once a ye...

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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...

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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 some of the best coffee in ...

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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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  • So what does Shakira have to do with Café Britt?

    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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  • Britt CEO discusses challenges for competitiveness

    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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  • Britt CEO Pablo Vargas discusses Costa Rica competitiveness

    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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  • The Year of the Cocoa Bean at Britt means more chocolates

    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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