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Official Guest Country

Thank you for your interest in our Official Guest Country. The Secretariat is pleased to introduce our next Official Guest Country!

The 2018 Guest Country is Costa Rica!

Café de Costa Rica History

Costa Rica was the first Central American country that established this flourishing industry. 1720 is the coffee introduction date to the Americas, when the Coffea Arábica specie, Typica variety first seeds came to the Martinique island, in The Antilles; and then were grown in the Costa Rica Province at the end of the 18th century.

Coffee has been a fundamental pillar for Costa Rican society and an engine of its economic, social and cultural development. That’s why it has been correctly called, “The Golden Bean”. Several factors favored the establishment of this “Golden Coffee Bean”: lands where first plantations were established are characterized by extremely fertile and volcanic origin soils; two seasons (dry and rainy); relatively uniform and favorable temperatures along the year for the development of the coffee plant.

The 2017 Guest Country is Indonesia!

Indonesia Coffee

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Introduction to Indonesia

Indonesia is the world’s 3rd biggest coffee producing country in 2014, according to International Coffee Organization. Indonesia’s 3,200 mile archipelago with more than 17,000 island, 120 active volcanoes, ample rainfall, fertile soil, and ideal temperatures have led to existence of variety of coffees.

Specialty Arabic coffee in Indonesia’s most popularly exported product and has gained worldwide acknowledgement. This has positioned Indonesia as the 2nd largest specialty Arabic exporter in the world, with 150,000 tons of export per year. Nearly 100 genetic varieties of Arabic coffee have been created in 1699, some of these include Sumatera Lintong, Sumatera Kerinci, Sumatera Solok Minang, Java Preanger, Java ljen Raung, Jave Estaste, Sulawesi Toraja, Papua Wamena and much more.

Indonesia is the world’s 3rd biggest coffee producing country in 2014, according to International Coffee Organization. Indonesia’s 3,200 mile archipelago with more than 17,000 island, 120 active volcanoes, ample rainfall, fertile soil, and ideal temperatures have led to existence of variety of coffees.

Variety of Indonesian Coffee:

Java, Luwak, Sumatra, Sulawesi, Gayo, Kintamani, Papua Wamena, Flores Bajawa


Distribution Coffee Growing Areas in Indonesia

Indonesian coffee production

2016 Guest Country: Brazil

In 2016, we welcomed Brasil
as our Guest Country

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Introduction to Brasil

Brazil is one of the most important actor in the world agribusiness. The country developed the highest technology to produce food, fibers and energy in a tropical climate and playing an important role in the world agriculture commodities market.

Despite of being at the top three producer and export in many products such as orange juice, coffee, sugar and ethanol, poultry, soybeans, maize and others, it always important to reinforce that this large country still have 61% of its land preserved with its natural forest, especially the tropical one.

In the last 40 years, we increased our productivity more than 3.2 times, using 3 times less land to cultivate our most planted crops.

Even though you don´t have any information about Brazil, you are already consuming our products daily such as soybean made products, sugar, meat, nuts, coffee and many others that are about 6% of Korean total agribusiness import.

Regional Map of Brasil’s Coffee

A general overview of the regions where Brasil’s famous coffee beans originate from. Click image for a larger look at the map.

2015 Guest Country: Coloumbia

In 2015, we welcomed Colombia
as our Guest Country

2014 Guest Country: Ethiopia

In 2014, we welcomed Ethiopia
as our First Guest Country

¿Why Costa Rican coffee, among the best?

Costa Rica has privileged lands, with natural and ideal characteristics for coffee growing: fertile soils, rich in minerals; excellent microclimates and altitudes in all eight coffee growing regions. More than 80% of the coffee area is located at an altitude between 800 and 1,600 meters, and temperatures between 17° and 28 °C, with annual rainfall of between 2,000 and 3,000 millimeters.

Throughout the year, Producers keep a special and strict care of their plantations, that is most evident during the harvest period, which varies in all regions, according to the climate and the plant’s blooming. Costa Rican coffee is produced in plantations with high biological diversity. They conserve resources, protects the environment, produces effectively, competes commercially and reinforces the quality of life of farmers and society, as a whole.

Hundred per cent of our coffee is from the Arabica specie, mainly from the Caturra (42%), Catuaí (34%), Costa Rica 95 (9%), Veranero (5%), Venecia (3%), Obatá (3%), which produce a higher quality bean and a cup with better organoleptic characteristics: pleasant, aromatic and very fine. Since 1989, Robusta specie planting has been prohibited by law in Costa Rica, because of lower cup quality.

Coffee is selective-manually picked in Costa Rica, which allows cherries selection in optimum ripening state and health, providing coffee Mills (ripe fruit processor) with a better material to produce special beverages, very appreciated in the niches of specialty coffee where consumers are willing to pay for our high quality. A coffee fruit with good ripening guarantees excellent roasting conditions, aroma and acidity and a top quality flavor in the cup.

The coffee fruit is milled (processed) the same day of harvesting to preserve the bean quality. The use of innovative Milling methods in harmony with the environment has allowed the coffee Sector to acquire new experiences in the coffee industrialization. Concentrated in that quality, Costa Ricans use avant-garde milling techniques that provide greater quality control, betting for more added value and, consequently, better income. It is mandatory for all coffee milling plants in Costa Rica, by law, to respect a series of conditions to operate and protect the environment, regulated by the Ministry of Health and the Environmental Technical Secretariat of the Ministry of Environment, SETENA.

The coffee processing milling sanitary regulations demand the utilization of very advanced technology with less water usage. Most of the Mills exceed the rates of purification and reduction of liquid use. In addition, they take advantage of coffee by-products to produce organic fertilizer, livestock feed and fuel to generate electricity for the bean drying, among other uses.