Since the first shipments of coffee to Europe, the crop has remained among Costa Rica’s top three export products. By the late 1800s Coffee plantations were springing up across the Central and Western Valleys. By the early 20th Century, the product had become an integral part of Costa Rica’s national economy. Local coffee growers held tremendous respect in the community, and their plantations created thousands of local jobs for the country’s central region.
In recent years, Tamarindo has experienced a boom in café culture. With a diverse population of residents, Tamarindo is home to Western expats and local Costa Ricans alike. This combination has created a great mix of coffee shops in town, all with a slightly different style – some European-style, some Italian-oriented and others more traditional Costa Rican. The one thing all of these cafes have in common is a love of Costa Rica coffee – and each one makes a point to showcase the country’s wonderful, delicious roasts from local coffee plantations.
Be sure to pick up some bags of Costa Rican coffee to take home before leaving Tamarindo. Keep some for yourself or impress your coffee-loving friends with a special gift that gives them a taste of Costa Rica every morning.