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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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Coffee 101: Update on Sloth Conservation and Hábitat

May 2018

In late 2017, Café Britt launched our first Hábitat blend dedicated to protecting Costa Rican wildlife. The Read more

Escape to Costa Rica: Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge

April 2018

Many of the greatest places to visit in Costa Rica are also the hardest to get to. There’s just something about a road trip th...

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International Women's Day

Coffee 101: International Women’s Day

March 2018

March 8 is International Women’s Day, so we’ve been thinking about the contributions of women in the coffee industry. Women have historically been and continue to be...

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Escape to Costa Rica, Santa Teresa

Escape to Costa Rica: Santa Teresa

January 2018

One of the greatest things about living in Costa Rica is being able to hit the beach at times of the year when the weather is cold in other parts of the world. Holiday time is bea...

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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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Habitat Blend

Coffee 101: Habitat Blend

December 2017

Supporting sloth rescue and release

Costa Rica is known worldwide for its incredible flora and fauna. In fact, it holds approximately 5% of the plan...

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Update on Jaguar Project

Coffee 101: Update on Jaguar Project

December 2017

A few months ago, we announced the launch of our Jaguar Blend in support of jaguar conservation efforts through research and education. We are excited about the results of the pro...

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Holiday Blend 2017

Coffee 101: Holiday Blend 2017

November 2017

It’s almost our favorite time of the year. That’s right—coffee harvest time in Costa Rica! ...

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International Sloth Day

Escape to Costa Rica: International Sloth Day

October 2017

Have you ever seen a sloth in person? If not, then maybe you should visit our home, Costa Rica! Two species of sloths are na...

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Brewing Series Chorreador

Coffee 101: Cafe Britt's Brewing Series: Chorreador

October 2017

No visit to Costa Rica is complete without a café chorreado, or a pour-over coffee made with a traditional cotto...

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5 Treat Ideas for Halloween

Chocolate 101: 5 Treat Ideas for Halloween

October 2017

It’s coming up on one of our favorite parts of the year: Halloween! We get the chance to have Britt chocolates all year round, but we love the excuse to share our favorite treats ...

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Escape to Costa Rica Ruinas de Ujarras

Escape to Costa Rica: Ruinas de Ujarrás

October 2017

Costa Rica doesn’t have a great deal of its colonial architecture still standing, so the few opportunities that visitors have to see what life was like then are treasured. Las Rui...

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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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Coffee Corners The Bakery

Coffee Corners: The Bakery

September 2017

Standing outside of The Bakery, in Santa Teresa on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, you could be looking at a quaint little café in Portland or Seattle. Surrounded by lush green plants...

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Escape to Costa Rica La Fortuna Waterfall

Escape to Costa Rica: La Fortuna Waterfall

September 2017

La Fortuna means “fortune,” and you will definitely count yourself lucky when you arrive in this part of Costa Rica. Known for its many adventure and ecotourism activities, the La...

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Brewing Series Iced Coffee

Coffee 101: Cafe Britt's Brewing Series Iced Coffee

August 2017

In the last edition of Café Britt’s Brewing Series, our Master Brewer showed you how to use a V60. If you’...

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Coffee Corners Tabacon Grand Spa

Coffee Corners: Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort

August 2017

One of Costa Rica’s most indulgent tourist attractions is its multitude of hot springs. There’s nothing like a luxurious, lazy day spent in and out of the warm water, pausing only...

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Heritage Blend 2017

Coffee 101: Heritage Blend 2017

July 2017

When choosing the source of the beans for our annual Heritage Blend, Britt looks not only for exceptional quality, but also for a unique story that honors the long history of coff...

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Escape to Costa Rica Arenal Volcano

Escape to Costa Rica: Arenal Volcano

July 2017

For over forty years, the Arenal Volcano was the most active volcano in Costa Rica (until recent events where Turrialba and Poas volcano are fighting for the first place). Since 2...

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Brewing Series V60

Coffee 101: Cafe Britt's Brewing Series V60

June 2017

The V60 is the brewing method of choice for coffee lovers everywhere. If you’ve ever ordered a pour over at a coffee shop, it’s likely you’ve already tasted what the V60 can do. T...

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Merito Jaguar Blend

Coffee 101: Mérito Jaguar Blend

April 2017

“Honoring
the life of Jaguars in
Costa Rica”

Mérito Jaguar Blend is Britt´s contribution to the Jaguar’s conservation in Costa R...

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Escape to Costa Rica Catarata del Toro

Escape to Costa Rica: Catarata Del Toro

April 2017

A place as beautiful as Costa Rica is bound to be filled with tourists and locals enjoying the country’s most beautiful spots. Want a break from the people? Check out Costa Rica’s...

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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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Coffee Corner Grano de Oro

Coffee Corner: Grano de Oro

March 2017

Hotel Grano de Oro is one of the most famous hotels in Costa Rica. Started by Eldon and Lori Cooke, a Canadian couple who saw a need for personalized lodging space within the bust...

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The Difference Between Espresso and Ristretto

The Difference Between Espresso and Ristretto

February 2017

The never ending quest for the perfect caffeinated beverage requires more than just finding a great blend. It also means finding the right way of preparing this blend. One of the ...

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Escape to Costa Rica Monteverde

Escape to Costa Rica: Monteverde

January 2017

Step into the clouds with a trip to Monteverde. Just a four hour drive from the Central Valley, this hidden is nestled in the mountains in the heart of Costa Rica and offers spect...

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5 Ways to Spice Up Hot Chocolate

5 Oh-So-Easy Ways to Spice up your Hot Chocolate

January 2017

Winter is upon us and you know what that means: hot chocolate! Okay yes, there’s also freezing temperatures, snow, and cloudy skies, but we’re choosing to look on the bright side....

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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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Escape to Costa Rica Corcovado

Escape to Costa Rica: Corcovado

December 2016

Corcovado National Park (Parque Nacional Corcovado), is a remote environmental reserve on the Osa Peninsula, in southwestern Costa Rica, and it’s part of the Osa Conservation Area...

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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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Find Your New Favorite Coffee

Find Your New Favorite Coffee

December 2016

When we say a certain type of coffee is our favorite, what we’re really saying is that we love its flavor notes. This is why we’re grouping together some of our best-selling coffe...

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The Coffees We’re Loving Right Now

The Coffees We’re Loving Right Now

September 2016

One of the perks of working at Café Britt is that our office coffee includes some of the best coffees in the world. On any given day we have more than 25 coffees we can choose fro...

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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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Ways to Keep Coffee Farming Sustainable

Ways to Keep Coffee Farming Sustainable

August 2016

At Britt we’ve understood the importance of sustainability for decades. While there is lots of debate over what it means to be sustainable and enviro...

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Our Light Roast

Our Light Roast

August 2016

Our Light Roast is one of our most popular blends, but not a lot of people know what makes it so special. Does it have less caffeine than dark roasts ...

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The Difference Between Coffee and Espresso

The Difference between coffee and espresso

August 2016

At Café Britt, we often talk about the art and science of coffee. Making coffee is a complex process and with so many terms and methods, it’s easy to ...

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Villa de las Flores

Introducing Villa de las Flores!

August 2016

Hidden under tropical mist and thick foliage, is the idyllic Finca Villa de las Flores, a small farm that has been certified organic for over ten year...

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Escape to Costa Rica La Paz Waterfall

Escape to Costa Rica: La Paz Waterfall

August 2016

Located on the rolling slopes of the Poás Volcano just an hour away from San José, is an extraordinarily beautiful waterfall. La Paz Waterfall can be ...

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Dark Roast Coffee

Our first coffee: Dark Roast

August 2016

At some point in your life you have probably tried Dark Roast coffee. Here, we’re sharing how this delectable beverage was created. Café Britt started ...

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How to Make a Perfect Cup of Coffee

How to Make a Perfect Cup of Coffee

August 2016

Ready to take your cup of coffee to the next level? We’ve got you covered. The four components of a great cup of coffee are water, grind, time and prop...

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The Truth About Fresh Coffee

The truth about fresh coffee

August 2016

A lot of people are into fresh roasted coffee, without really knowing what are the two most important factors to a fresh cup of coffee. Let’s explore w...

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Decaf Coffee Real Coffee

Is decaf coffee real coffee?

August 2016

Many people say that decaffeinated coffee isn’t real coffee and is subpar to caffeinated drinks. These people obviously haven’t tried our Decaf Blend. ...

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A Coffee You Can Trust

A Coffee You Can Trust

August 2016

Grupo Britt is a service company and we take that responsibility seriously. Our mission is to serve people and to impact their lives positively. We...

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What's the Difference Between Coffees

What's the difference between coffees?

August 2016

Most coffee brands offer several varieties of coffee flavors and blends. It can seem overwhelming at first, but there are a ton of factors that dictate...

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Favorite Brewing Methods

Our 2 Favorite Brewing Methods

August 2016

At Britt we rely on two brewing methods to prepare our gourmet coffee. Here’s a guide to understanding these methods and how we use them:

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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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What is a Peaberry

What is a peaberry?

August 2016

If you’re wondering what level of the food pyramid coffee fits into, it may interest you to know that coffee is actually a fruit. Inside each cherry ar...

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How to Keep Coffee Fresh

How Do We Keep Our Coffee So Fresh?

July 2016

All of the elements humans need to survive—oxyen, moisture, light—are things that ruin freshly roasted coffee. Our job as roasters, baristas, and coffe...

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Escape to Costa Rica Chirripo

Escape to Costa Rica: Chirripó

July 2016

In 1975, a range of mountains and wildlands in Costa Rica was officially designated Chirripo National Park. The park’s 50,000 hectares are located with...

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Escape to Costa Rica

July 2016

Escape to costa rica

Many of the people who love our coffee discovered it in our home, Costa Rica. Whether you relaxed on ...

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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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Not All Coffee Cherries are Red

Not all your coffee cherries are red

July 2016

There are many different varieties of coffee, each with its own unique flavors. Coffee farmers breed coffee plants to enhance these flavors and create ...

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The Coffee Belt

The Coffee Belt

July 2016

Have you ever thought about why coffee is only grown in certain countries? When we hear about coffee production, the same names keep popping up, like C...

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Your Cup of Coffee Changes Lives

Your Cup of Coffee Changes Lives

July 2016

Fair trade coffee is coffee you can feel good about drinking. The beans in our Fair Trade blend come from...

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The Art and Science of Roasting Coffee

The Art & Science of Roasting Coffee

July 2016

Roasting coffee is both an art and a science. The roasting process is the most important step because it transforms the properties of a green coffee be...

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The Differences Between Gourmet and Regular Coffee

The differences between gourmet and regular coffee

July 2016

Tastes are subjective, but when it comes to coffee, you can train your taste buds to identify and enjoy fine coffee. Here are some of the differences b...

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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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Sustainably Produced, Organically Farmed

Sustainably-produced, organically farmed

July 2016

In 1991, six years after Britt was founded, we realized the value of organic farming and made a decision to pioneer the organic coffee movement in Costa Rica by helping farms beco...

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The Basics of Coffee Cupping

The Basics of Coffee Cupping

July 2016

One of the best parts of coffee is the endless variety of flavors and aromas a particular blend can take on based on the region it comes from. For example, our Tarrazu coffee has ...

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Navigate a Coffee Plantation

Navigate a Coffee Plantation Like a Pro

July 2016

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: M...

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What's a Coffee Farm

What’s In a Coffee Farm?

July 2016

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 answe...

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Costa Rican Coffee Journey

Costa Rican Coffee Journey

June 2016

Before you can enjoy a delicious cup of coffee, it needs to be picked, processed, and roasted. Coffee production is still an artisanal business—this means a lot of people worked h...

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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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Coffee Processing 101

Coffee Processing 101

June 2016

After a coffee cherry is picked and before it is roasted, the bean must be processed. Many people are experts on cherry types and roasting methods, but...

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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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Coffee Corner: Chubascos

Coffee Corner: Chubascos

May 2016

For this week’s coffee corner we’re featuring one of the most beloved restaurants in Costa Rica: Chubascos. Located a quick 20 minute drive from the Po...

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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

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Coffee Corners: Alma de Amon

Coffee Corners: Alma de Amón

April 2016

In the late 19th century, the expansion of the coffee growing business led to increased urban growth and wealth. This growth had an especially large impact on burgeoning neighborh...

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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 plea...

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3 ways to use a french press

3 ways to use a french press

March 2016

Ask any true coffee connoisseur about their preferred brewing method, and they are sure to mention the French Press.

Known for delivering complex, rich coff...

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Alma de Cafe National Theater Coffee Shop

Coffee Corners: Alma de Café National Theater Coffee Shop

March 2016

Long afternoons spent over a cup of coffee in a sunny café are a staple of Costa Rican culture. Coffee shops are an important part of our daily life, p...

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5 Reasons why Costa Rican coffee is the best

5 Reasons why Costa Rican coffee is the best

March 2016

We may be biased, but we think Costa Rica has the best tasting coffee you can find on planet earth. And we’re not the only ones. People travel from far and wide to experience the ...

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Brew Coffee the Costa Rican Way

Brew Coffee the Costa Rican Way

February 2016

If you just visited Costa Rica and bought a chorreador or if you’re looking for a way to amp up your coffee drinking routine this article will tell you...

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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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5 mistakes every coffee lover makes and how to solve them

5 mistakes every coffee lover makes. And how to solve them.

February 2016

We’ve been in the coffee growing business for over three decades and have learned some things in the process that we’d like to share with you. Hopefully, you can benefit from the ...

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How to Fake a Cappuccino

How to Fake a Cappuccino

September 2015

We’ve all experienced that lethal combination of desperate cappuccino craving and stubborn laziness. We want a cappuccino. But we don’t want to go out. And unless you were smart e...

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Coffee Vocabulary

Coffee Vocabulary

September 2015

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Costa Rican Gallo Pinto

Costa Rican Gallo Pinto

September 2015

Ask pretty much anyone that has visited Costa Rica what their favorite meal was and 9 times out of 10 you’ll probably hear “gallo pinto” (and the 10th...

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Merito cosecha de mujer

Merito Cosecha de Mujer

August 2015

We are excited to announce our recently formed partnership with the International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA), an organization ded...

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A Newbie's Guide to the Flat White

A Newbie's Guide to the Flat White

August 2015

Where did the flat white originate?

The origins of the flat white are a hotly debated topic. Traditionally, Australia has taken credit for ...

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Merito San Juan

Merito San Juan

July 2015

Merito Micro Beneficio San Juan is a “Black Honey Coffee”, named for the unique processing technique that results in one of the most complex and unique...

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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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Pablo Vargas CEO Cafe Britt

Welcome To The New Britt website

June 2015

I am excited to welcome you to the New Britt website.

At Britt we are always working to serve you and provide the best experience...

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Merito la Cuña

Merito La Cuña

June 2015

The Navarro Valverde family has been working in the coffee farming industry for over three generations. The patriarch, Don Ismael, started growing cof...

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Honey Processed Coffee: What makes it so special?

Honey Processed Coffee: What makes it so special?

June 2015

We coffee lovers are always on the lookout for the best coffee drinking experience and for the last ten years, coffee growers in Costa Rica have been pu...

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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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Poás volcano in Costa Rica

Britt Poás Coffee

May 2015

Standing on the rim, visitors often smell the sulfur in the air, which at times has proven to be acidic enough for the park to close. It is from this crater that the effects of ac...

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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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Two chocolate chip cookies

Hot Cocoa Cookies

April 2015


Make your next sweet treat with one of our delicious recipes. Surprise your friends with a new treat or indulge yourself. Either way, you’re sure to enjoy one of our many inventi...

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Oatmeal cookie bite

Maple Espresso Baked Oatmeal

April 2015

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Frozen coffee with whipped cream and chocolate syrup

Frozen Thai Iced Coffee

April 2015

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Espresso soda

Espresso Soda

April 2015

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Cupcakes with creamy icing

Espresso Cupcakes

April 2015

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Coffee drink with whipped cream

Coffee Glace

April 2015

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Coffee drink with whipped cream and chocolate syrup

Espresso Frappe

April 2015

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Iced coffee with cream

Cold Brewed Coffee

April 2015

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Brown gelatin and spoon

Coffee Wiggly Jiggly

April 2015

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Grilled meat and vegetables

Coffee Rubs For Meats

April 2015

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Two scoops of ice cream

Homemade Coffee Ice Cream

April 2015

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Cinnamon roll with white icing

Coffee Cinnamon Roll

April 2015

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Slice of chocolate cake

Coffee Chocolate Mascarpone Cake

April 2015

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Churro being dipped in chocolate

Pumpin Churros Coffee Sauce

April 2015

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Barbecue sauce next to rack of ribs

Coffee Barbecue Sauce

April 2015

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Dark beverage in a martini glass

Chocolate Espresso Martini

April 2015

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Chocolate sauce being poured on a scoop of ice cream

Frozen Cappuccino

April 2015

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Cappuccino in white cup

Flavored Capuccino

April 2015

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Brownies on a plate

Tarrazú Coffee Brownies With Macadamia

April 2015

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Muffins on cooling rack

Banana Coffee Muffins

April 2015

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Two cookie ice cream sandwiches

Coffee Ice Cream Sandwiches

April 2015

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Cooked steak on a plate

Coffee Chile Rubbed Stripped Steaks

April 2015

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Frozen coffee drink in plastic cup

Frozen Mocha

March 2015

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Pink froxen drink with straw

How To Make Perfect Frappe

March 2015

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Coffee in a cup

Coffee Barbecue Rub

March 2015

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Coffee in a green cup

Cocoa Mint Coffee

March 2015

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Iced coffee in a disposable cup

Mint iced Coffee cooler

March 2015

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Irish coffee in glass cup

5 Stars Irish Coffee

March 2015

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Fork digging into chocolate baked good

Instant Chocolate Cake

March 2015

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Serving of cake with whipped cream and caramel on top

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

March 2015

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Coffee drink in white mup

Mocha Rum Chiller

March 2015

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Coffee drink sprinkled with chocolate

Mexican Coffee

March 2015

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Pouring milk into a cup with espresso in it

How To Make A Macchiato

March 2015

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recipes-how-to-make-a-latte

How To Make A Latte

March 2015

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Lavender plant and jar with brown liquid

Coffeee Lavander Body Scrub

March 2015

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Bowl of chili with cheese, onions, and avocados

Bean And Beef Chill

March 2015

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Baked bar with chocolate icing and mint on top

Mint Cashew Brownies

March 2015

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Iced coffee drink in Mason jar glass

Iced Mocha

March 2015

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Irish Coffee

Iced Irish Coffee

March 2015

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espresso

How To Make Perfect Espresso

March 2015

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Cappuccino

How To Make A Cappuccino

March 2015

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Fresh-Roasted Flavor Depends On More Than The Roast

December 2014

Unroasted coffee beans are each encased in a layer of “parchment” – a loose-fitting translucent skin. The parchment layer is kind of like “nature’s Tupperware.” It keeps the unroa...

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Drink Coffee and be Healthy

December 2013

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

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Colombian Coffee FAQs

October 2013

We always roast at the country of origin. Why?

Café Britt roasts coffee in the country where the coffee beans are grown. This further supports the coffe...

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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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Heritage Blend: Why We Love Coffee

October 2012

Being involved in developing a new product, especially the testing and approval part, is one of the special p...

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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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Coffee in Bloom!

May 2012

This time of year represents a brief but beautiful stage in the lifecycle of our beloved coffee plant. For just a few short (days), the plant reveals its delicate white blossoms. ...

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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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The Year of the Cocoa Bean

January 2012

Enjoying that frothy mug of Britt Cocoa? You have the Maya to thank for it. The powdered cacao beverage that they craved and invented as long ago as 460 AD had little resemblance ...

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The chocolate you choose can affect your health

December 2011

The main ingredient in most mass-consumption chocolate bars isn’t cocoa, but sugar, together with saturated vegetable fat and powdered mild. This has...

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Dark Chocolate: the tastiest way to fight hearth attacks

December 2011

A few squares of dark chocolate a day could reduce the risk of heart attack by almost 50 percent, according to Diane Becker, a researcher with Johns Hopkins University School of M...

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No need to cut out coffee for a healthy 2014

December 2011

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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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Fun facts about our favorite products

November 2011

Two-nation sensation

The French were the first to create a crude espresso machine. The Italians the...

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It’s been a good year for coffee!

October 2011

Rainfall in the right amounts and at the right time has contributed to a Costa Rican coffee harvest that was more than 13 percent larger in 2011-2012 than the previous year’s crop...

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Debunking coffee’s bad rap

October 2011

Recent studies have generally found no connection between coffee and increased risk of cancer or heart disease, so why did everyone used to think coffee was less than healthful?Read more

Stay alert by drinking smaller cups of coffee all day

October 2011

Does coffee help you wake up in the morning and stay alert during the day? New research reported by Harvard University suggests that you’ll stay more alert if you spread your ...

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No substitute for arabica

October 2011

Rain damage to arabica coffee crops in Columbia and Central America last year sent coffee futures soaring to a near 14-year high.

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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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Britt’s ‘Didactic Gourmet’: Center Harvest Coffee

April 2011

The special taste of “center harvest” coffee 

The coffee harvest lasts several months, but peak harvest is when coffee is at its best. Center-harvest cherries are at ...

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Gourmet Coffee and Health

April 2011

When I'm around people who know I work for Café Britt or when we're drinking coffee, I'm often asked about coffee's effects on human health. What's interesting is that people who ...

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The future of the world’s greatest commodity: coffee

December 2010

As I’m writing these words I’m on a flight returning from my last business trip of the year. This time, it wa...

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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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It’s a New World

August 2009

Last year at about this time, we thought the world was coming to an end.

Markets were crashing and banks weren’t returning calls. We feared people would stop buyin...

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Born in 1991 and still fresh

June 2009

We’re all gourmet coffee drinkers today. We all know Arabica is the good stuff....

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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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Regionals or blends? It all depends

February 2009

People ask us about blends all the time. When we blend, we take coffees from different regions or different zones within a region and blend them together to achieve a consistently...

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The art of the cup

August 2008

People always wonder how they should make coffee. You know all those myths about how to make the perfect cup; how much to use.

Excuse me if some of you think this is rea...

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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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Certifiable

April 2008

People today want assurances. They want to know that the companies they do business with protect the environment and pay their suppliers fairly.

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A lot more than coffee

February 2008

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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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To freeze or not to freeze?

December 2007

My parents in Florida have been ordering coffee from Café Britt since we began our mail-order business in 1991. That makes them our very first and still most devoted mail-o...

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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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The Wine of Costa Rica

August 2007

You may find that title a little odd for a column about the South American nation of Chile, but Chile is something of an anomaly today, anyway.

We set out late last year...

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The Finns and their twins

June 2007

The Finnish National Museum in Helsinki has an entire room dedicated to coffee. That would surprise just about anyone who hasn’t spent the last few decades working in the co...

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The darker the better?

April 2007

Deep, rich, robust… These are words that we’ve come to associate with a quality, gourmet coffee that is, of course, dark roasted.

But did you know that a da...

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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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Coffee beyond the drug in the mug

December 2006

Our customers know a lot more about coffee than they did 20 years ago. The whole world does.

The espresso revolution has made household words out of “double shot,” “latte” a...

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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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Let’s hear it for the National Parks

June 2006

Have you ever felt the steamy embrace of a virgin rainforest? Or observed from a pristine beach as scarlet macaws peer down at you inquisitively from atop a stand of almond trees?...

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Chocolate: A view from the train

April 2006

Plenty of tourists visit Costa Rica’s verdant Caribbean coast every year for the beaches, the national parks, the Jamaican influence on local culture and the unique “mom-and-pop” ...

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Big Awards, Even Bigger Honors

February 2006

The past few months have been particularly gratifying for Café Britt, both in Costa Rica and Peru.
...

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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

Yes, coffee really is good for you (especially ours)

June 2005

I spent a week in May at a yoga camp in Tolum, Mexico, south of Cancun. Amid a large group of others there for peace, nutritious meals and exercise, I came to realize how health-c...

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Green or red?

April 2005

“You can have any color you want, as long as it’s black.” Henry Ford’s infamous quotation about his revolutio...

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Welcome news for coffee producers

February 2005

Some welcome good news for Arabica producers. After five years of very tough times, the world’s producers of high-quality Arabica coffee are starting to make money again.Read more

Of Wine And Coffee

December 2004

Coffee tasters, aka “cuppers” have a specialized vocabulary which works very well when they communicate among themselves.

For example, for a cupper, “highly acidity” is...

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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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Free Trade

April 2004

Costa Rica has joined its Central American counterparts in signing CAFTA, a free trade agreement with the U.S.

If the agreement remains true to its entrepreneurial spiri...

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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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In the Year of Coffee – B.E. and A.E.

February 2004

Café Britt got into the espresso business in the mid 1980s. In all of Costa Rica there were probably three espresso machines at the time.

I decided that we’...

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Adding Value to Our Coffee

December 2003

A gradual transition is taking place in Costa Rica toward a freer-trade-based, more complex economy that’s adding value not only to coffee and other agricultural products, but to ...

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Southern Comfort: Small Growers Confront Crisis

October 2003

On a recent coffee-buying trip through Costa Rica’s remote Southern Zone I came across two dynamic examples of growers’ cooperatives whose “can do” attitude; focus on quality and ...

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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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