I had the privilege of growing up in the beautiful province of Guanacaste from which the name of this coffee-growing region, also called the northern zone, is taken. With an annual production of almost 1.7M pounds of coffee it is also considered a very important area.
This coffee region is located in three provinces: Guanacaste, Puntarenas and Alajuela, with a total coffee cultivated area of 4,978 Acres, which corresponds to 2% of Costa Rica’s coffee area.
Costa Rica, despite being the twenty-first country in surface area on the American continent, consists of four main mountain systems: Guanacaste Volcanic Mountain Range, Tilarán Mountain Range, Central Volcanic Mountain Range and the Talamanca Mountain Range, which is why in a country with such a small territory, it is possible to find such different climates just by traveling 30 km away and this is very important for the country’s crops, which are positively affected by these conditions.
For example, you can be in Santa Elena, a coffee producing canton in this Northern Zone and in just an hour and a half be on a beach in Puntarenas with climates of up to 91 F.
This coffee-growing area has the good fortune of being partly located in the Tilarán Mountain Range and having its wealth of volcanic soils due to the Guanacaste and Central Volcanic Mountain Range.
The coffee plantations in this area are from 1,900 to 4,400 feet above sea level in the sub-regions of Monte Verde and Montes de Oro.
I hope you begin to understand why we can deliver such special coffees to the world from this region. The rains of the winter season are very important for the growth of the fruit that must be harvested in summer.
Now I want to present you a very special coffee from Finca El Boyerito where DNCI started its entire coffee export project, who we love like a family.
The Boyerito Black Honey is harvested in Arancibia, more than 3,700 feet above sea level, a fruity and very balanced cup of coffee varieties such as Caturra and Obata, you must try it!
In addition, this region has the only coffee grown in a Blue Zone (areas where people live longer due to their lifestyle), harvested by 23 small farmers associated with the Coopepilangosta R.L. cooperative, with more than 60 years have been founded.
It really is an area where you can find much more than you would think, “bajura” (lowland) coffees but special like the region.
This is one of my favorite areas, it may be because I grew up in it. Well whatever it is, there are many more reasons to prefer it than that.
David Ramírez | Product Manager DNCI