It’s a tale of two coffees. Quality shade grown organic coffee and coffee pooled from farms using pesticides that harm the land and the people that work it. It’s a story that is played out in almost every coffee producing country and Costa Rica is no different.
Some of the smoothest, richest most flavorful coffee is produced on small farms practicing sustainable methods in Costa Rica. But that is just a small part of the story. A large quantity of coffee from Costa Rica is non-organic coffee that is produced as cheaply as possible.
The coffee scorecard
Worst: If you care about your health, the health of the coffee workers and the environment, then you will want to avoid the mass produced coffee which is soaked in pesticides and agricultural chemicals.
Better: Choosing organically grown coffee is a good choice. Organically grown coffee beans will be labeled with a seal signifying its certified organic status. Many organic coffees are grown in fields where heavy machinery is still able to harvest the crop. This is done to keep costs low and profits higher. Having the certified organic status will allow the coffee distributors to charge a little more for their product…as they should. But it is still not the best method to protect the environment.
Best: If you are looking for the best Costa Rican coffee, consider buying Shade grown organic Costa Rican Coffee. Growing coffee in the shade does not require clear cutting forests. Heavy equipment can not be used to plant or harvest shade grown organic coffee beans. This coffee is a labor of love. And the proof is in the smooth rich taste.
Finding the best shade grown organic Costa Rican coffee beans
You guessed it. You are not going to walk into your local mega supermarket and find it on the shelf. It probably wouldn’t sell fast enough and the poor soul who finally purchased it, would be drinking some sad stale coffee. You need to find a source for this delicious nectar.
Keens Beans produces shade grown organic coffee. Our farm is in San Rafael Costa Rica. All our coffee beans are certified organic. Order your coffee online from Keens Beans and we will roast your coffee the same day and ship it immediately.
If you like coffee, you will also love our other coffee products, including moisturizing soap made with coffee and our own organic coffee-based meat rub. When you visit our online store, also check out our flavored low-glycemic agave syrups.