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I’ll Have Another Cup Of Costa Rica Coffee

Best Coffee Decided In Costa Rica

Costa Rica Coffee CuppingCosta Rica has again come up on top in the 2012 Taza de la Ecelencia (Cup of Excellence), where 17 judges meet to decide some of the best coffee available in the world. For Costa Rica, this tasting ritual only gets better, with the Dota and Tarrazu regions providing some of the best beans in the world.

The judges, from a variety of countries including South Korea, Brazil, Germany, the Netherlands to name a few, come together and under some very interesting conditions carry out their “coffee cupping” activities to select some of the best beans available on the market place. The process, similar to wine tasting is complex and results in very descriptive classification such as “a bright and mild blend consisting of aromatic hints of vanilla, almond, with a score of 8 out of 10 in acidity and after taste.”

Coffee Cupping An Art In Costa Rica

The process of “coffee cupping” has been traced back to American coffee giant Hills Brothers who introduced the art of “cupping” back in the 19th century. The tasters began to roast and steep samples of coffee as it was off loaded from the ships in the San Francisco port. The coffee would then be rated for its qualities by Hills Brothers to determine if the beans were suitable for the American coffee house to purchase.

In Costa Rica, the Dota and Tarrazu regions have provided some of the best coffee available in Costa Rica and for that matter, in the world. Competing with approximately 96 different roasts , 25 are chosen for an auction to be held on July 3rd. The auction can prove to be quite lucrative for the chosen growers who can fetch a premium price for their beans. Last year’s winner, La Estrella from Costa Rica’s Dota Region commanded $20 per pound of coffee.

If you want to keep up with the coffee world, you can visit Costa Rica’s Fine Coffees Association website at http://www.scacr.com/ For the rest of us who just want to enjoy a great cup of coffee, it’s time to visit our local Barista to see what’s brewing. If we are lucky it should be some great coffee from Costa Rica!

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About the Author: Tee is Senior Editor of CostaRicaCLOSEUP.com and NBC's adventure dating series fans magazine LoveInTheWildFansMag.com, as well ascontributing editor to QRCodesUSA.org

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  1. Marianna says:

    Great article, I use to write for a small publication in USA called the Columbian. I did articles about inspiration for living, Home and Garden. I can appreciate your efforts I would love to be doing something like this again! take care and thank you for sharing. Marianna in Quepos

  2. Marianna says:

    Great article, I use to write for a small publication in USA called the Columbian. I did articles about inspiration for living, Home and Garden. I can appreciate your efforts I would love to be doing something like this again! take care and thank you for sharing. Marianna in Quepos

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