With a land area of only 51.100 km2 (0.03% of the planet’s surface) and 589.000 km2 of territorial waters, Costa Rica is considered to be one of the 20 countries with greatest biodiversity in the world. Its geographic position, two coasts and a volcanic mountainous system provide numerous and varied microclimates explain this natural wealth, both in terms of species and ecosystems. The more than 500,000 species that are found in this small country represent nearly 5% of the total species estimated worldwide.
The Government of Costa Rica is one of the oldest democracies within all Latin American countries, and enjoys one of the most stable and progressive economies in the area, with no army or military force by law since 1948.
Costa Rican coffee is grown in volcanic and low-acidic fertile soil, conditions ideal for production. More than 80% of the coffee area is located between 800 and 1,900 meters (2,625 feet-6,235 feet) above sea level and in temperatures between 17 and 30ºC (62.6ºF-86ºF), with annual precipitation between 2,000 and 3,000 millimeters (79 inches-118 inches).
History of the Coffee in Costa Rica