Special conditions, special processing techniques, a wonderful souvenir/gift
Listen up, java hounds
Coffee cultivation is intimately entwined with Costa Rican history, and the country still produces some of the finest java on the planet. The reason is a mix of its highland conditions with its particular production process, starting with toasting the coffee beans with sugar, leading to a darker, denser, and less bitter end result. A package of Costa Rica's "black gold" makes a truly wonderful (and wonderfully affordable) gift for your family/friends back home, available in any San José food shop. There are also many great spots throughout the city to enjoy a hot (or chilled) cuppa. One we find particularly interesting is the Café Expresivo, very close to the Santa Teresita Church, where you will also enjoy storytelling and theatrical and musical presentations.