Organic Costa Rican Coffee... A Unique Experience in Jaco


On your next visit to Jaco, be sure to try some organic Costa Rican coffee, straight out of Tarrazu and Talamanca...

...two major coffee plantation areas here on the Rich Coast.

Along the Pastor Diaz stretch - right across from the Banco Nacional, you can try some at The Costa Rican Coffee Experience - a really neat shop in the area...

Organic Costa Rican Coffee
Organic Costa Rican Coffee, a Great Little Shop in Jaco Beach

And it's not only java...

Stewart - the shop's owner, has put together a nice collection... all sorts of interesting items -- paintings, sculptures, spices, perfume, and more -- all unique to Costa Rica.

Please read on to learn more about it...








Organic Costa Rican Coffee

Two of most popular organic Costa Rican coffee-producing regions - are Tarrazu and Talamanca.

Organic Costa Rican Coffee Beans
Organic Costa Rican Coffee Beans

Tarrazu is actually a county or 'canton' of San Jose province - the 5th to be exact...

And Talamanca - located in the Southern Caribbean part of the country...

...is one of the five counties in the province of Limon.

Factors such as rich volcanic soil, high altitude, and cool climate - along with the utmost attention to detail paid by farmers --- zeroing in on quality over quantity...

...make both Tarrazu and Talamanca, two of the most ideal coffee growing places in the world.

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The very first time walking into the shop, Stewart had just handed out a fresh round of Talmanca-grown Madre Tierra to some visitors.

Organic Costa Rican Coffee Stewart
Stewart, Talking Organic Costa Rican Coffee

A dark roast coffee, as he explained...

It's made from 100% arabica beans.

An especially bold flavor to it, you can taste hints of chocolate, citrus, and vanilla as well.

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A couple other kinds of coffee here - both from the Tarrazu region of the country...

Are Afaorca - intensely citrus, and infused with a little bit of apple...

Organic Costa Rican Coffee Tarrazu
An Organic Costa Rican Coffee Experience

...and Navcafe - a smooth, well-balanced espresso, processed with honey - sweetened up an extra notch, with caramel.

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Well after tasting some truly exquisite organic coffee...

Next, Stewart shared a little bit more about the shop - how it came to be - and about some of the other unique items - things collected from all around Costa Rica...




Unique Costa Rican Items

As Stewart explained, it was 6 years previous - when he first made the trip to Costa Rica, traveling from his home city - Vancouver, British Colombia in Canada.

Setting up his very first shop in Puntarenas - gateway to the Southern Nicoya - it was there, that his first (and still very!) successful product was born...

Organic Costa Rican Coffee Fruity Monkey Poop
An All-Time Favorite Product

Fruity monkey poop!

A totally original product - people bought it like hot cakes.

And given its obviously unusual name - it was featured on major websites like the Huffington Post, and in publications such as the Ballena Tales magazine.

Something else...

Stewart also received an award for the product's smart packaging.

Organic Costa Rican Coffee Shop
Unique Costa Rican Items

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Fast forward to the present...

After making the move to the Jaco Beach area...

...and given the success of his products (and previous shop) in Puntarenas...

On December the 14th, 2010 - The Costa Rican Coffee Experience was open for business.

And yes, just looking around the shop - it's easy to see that in just one year...

It's come along way - all sorts of unique and interesting items, every single one, produced here on the Rich Coast.

A few examples...

Organic Costa Rican Coffee Ylang Ylang
Ylang Ylang Flower Fragrance
  • Spices like vanilla, cocoa and ceylon - all grown organically in Quepos

  • Natural ylang ylang flower perfume

  • Organic chocolate - amazing.

  • And something else you just have to try...

  • Costa Rican licorice - made from pineapple... it's another favorite with customers -- be sure to try some free samples!

Still - there's one particular item here, that easily remains a personal favorite...

Organic Costa Rican Coffee Boruca Masks
Boruca Indian Masks

...a collection of vibrant Boruca Indian masks.

Traditionally worn by those of the Boruca tribe - at the Fiesta del Diablitos - taking place every December 31st to January 2nd...

The masks are painted with naturally occurring dyes.

Especially neat - and even seen in the photo to the left - were a couple postcards that accompanied them.

Taken in 1990 as part of his Collection Tribal, by a very passionate and talented photographer - Christophe Gstalder of France, they immediately reminded me of the one he signed and gave me personally, after meeting him a year before - in the town of Dominical.

Very cool.

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Well, so wraps up another interesting encounter - here in Costa Rica.

Again, next visit to Jaco - don't miss out on The Costa Rican Coffee Experience!

And yes - when or even before you're in the area - you can give Stewart a shout at 011 506 8331-1816, or even check out The Costa Rica Coffee Experience Facebook Page.

Until next time...