Costa Rican Coffee to Get Origin Certifications

November 16, 2007

A five-year effort to add value to Costa Rican coffee will finally see fruit during next year’s harvest. Starting in  2008, some Costa Rican coffee will be marked with origin certifications from eight of the country’s most famous coffee-producing regions.

The effort is being led by the government- funded National Coffee Institute (ICAFE). Adolfo Lizano, assistant director of ICAFE, said the idea is to make a product that is more attractive to the European market, which appreciates location branding – for example, Champagne sparkling wine, or Manchego cheese.

“It’s a marketing strategy,” Lizano said, adding, “It’s very European. For example, in the United States, having a special name doesn’t work.”

Coffee from Brunca, Turrialba, Orosi, Los Santos, the Central Valley, western Central Valley, Tres Ríos and Guanacaste will get origin certification. Differences in altitude, climate and soil qualities mean discerning consumers will be able to appreciate the differences in the coffees, Lizano said.

The details of the norms and their application have yet to be set, but Lizano said the program will be up and running before the beginning of next year’s harvest.

The origin denomination program kicked off with a $200,000 grant from the Spanish International Cooperation Agency in 2001. The program is now funded as part of the ICAFE budget.

In 2006, Costa Rica exported $233.6 million worth of coffee, tea and spices. Roughly 30% of the country’s coffee exports end up in Europe, Lizano said.

 

You may be interested

Give green in Costa Rica: holiday gifts that will live on all year
Environment and Wildlife
710 views
Environment and Wildlife
710 views

Give green in Costa Rica: holiday gifts that will live on all year

Ed Bernhardt - December 16, 2017

A warm holiday greeting from the garden to all our readers. Another year has come to an end, and it’s…

Honduran opposition protesters take to the streets
Central America
1526 views
Central America
1526 views

Honduran opposition protesters take to the streets

Noe Leiva / AFP - December 15, 2017

Supporters of the leftist opposition in Honduras blocked streets in various cities around that country on Friday, despite political repression,…

Of snow, kindness and Northern Lights: a Costa Rican in Manitoba, Canada
Please Send Coffee!
2391 views
Please Send Coffee!
2391 views

Of snow, kindness and Northern Lights: a Costa Rican in Manitoba, Canada

Gustavo Díaz Cruz - December 14, 2017

My mom named me Gustavo Adolfo. I was born in Puntarenas, next to the sea, but my home was in…