A look into Poás

A look into Poás

May 2016

A look into Poas

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, it was the first region in the country to export coffee.  The volcanic soil is rich in minerals and nutrients , which makes it an excellent area for coffee production.


Poás at a Glance

Infographich about Poas, Costa Rica

Poas is located in Alajuela province, about 30 kilometers from San Jose. At about 75 square kilometers, it's divided into five districts and has a population of around 30,000 people.

Landscape with dairy cows

This area’s economy is primarily supported by agriculture and tourism. In addition to rich, earthy coffee, the area also produces strawberries, "palmito" cheese, ferns, and some flowers.

Traditional Costa Rican house

The Poas district contains one of the greatest wonders of the natural world: an active stratovolacno reaching 2708 meters into the sky. The national park surrounding the volcano is the most visited park in Costa Rica and in Central America.

Dairy cows in a field

Not only is the volcano an incredible spot to visit, the road that leads up to it is dotted with pastures, coffee plantations, rivers, waterfalls, and picturesque villages like Fraijanes, Poas, and Vara Blanca. On the drive you’ll be surrounded by beautiful forests and pass by local businesses selling strawberries, cheese, sour cream, jellies, cake, flowers, and any other treat your heart desires!

French bread with butter and strawberry jam
Rustic souvenir store in Costa Rica

The majority of the numerous restaurants, cafes, and hotels in the area are owned by Costa Ricans, most of them inhabitants of the Alajuela province. For international visitors, this is a lovely, authentic way to get a peek into life in the area. At the same time, it has promoted rural development and given locals the opportunity to share their culture with others. 

Two people at a restaurant with coffee, chorreadas, and bread with jam
Poas Volcano

On the drive to the volcano, you’ll reach a stopping area with an excellent view of the main crater of the volcano. A lovely path through the forest connects this lookout point with Lake Botos, a beautiful body of water filling an inactive crater in the volcano.


Poás Coffee

Located in the Central Valley Coffee Region, Poas was one of the pioneer areas in Costa Rican coffee production. It is the first area where coffee was shipped out of Costa Rica for the rest of the world to enjoy.

Coffee plant in the middle of a row on a plantation

The high presence of minerals in the volcanic soil of the region provides a lightly acidic touch seasoned coffee drinkers will love.

The area's cool microclimate leads to frequent rains that lead to soil rich in organic materials that keep roots damp and promote oxygenation of the plants,. This allows high-quality coffee beans to thrive.

Coffee plantation

The cups produced in the Central Valley have a perfectly balanced floral and fruity flavor with hints of chocolate. The volcanic soil and climate work together to produce an excellent cup of coffee.

Tractor on a coffee plantation

A Taste of Our Poás Coffee

Our Poas Volcanic Earth coffee comes from plants in the Central Valley. Because these beans are exposed to tumultuous weather, they are harder than typical coffee beans, making them more resilient and higher quality.

This medium roast blend combines the complex flavors of the rich volcanic soil of the area that produced it with hints of lemon. Mildly acidic with a lightly floral aftertaste, this is the perfect post-meal drink.

By supporting our friends in Poas, we support the area that invited the world to experience the luxurious flavors of Costa Rican coffee and the hard work of our experienced growers in the area, who have spent generations perfecting their craft. We are proud to roast beans from an area close to our home and our hearts.

Infographic about Cafe Britt Poas coffee

Have any questions? Our Coffee Experts will be more than happy to help

Call: 1-800-GO-BRITT

(1-800-462-7488)

E-mail: [email protected]

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