What Costa Rica Products Can You Buy?

What Costa Rica Products Can You Buy?

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Top Costa Rican Products

This list of top Costa Rican products and souvenirs has something for everyone on your list. When your Costa Rica vacation nears the end, don’t despair! There is always some special piece that you can bring home as a token of the unforgettable time you had. And of course don’t forget to bring something back for your family and friends.

Food Products

Your taste buds will be overwhelmed by all the flavors found in Costa Rica. Between fruits that you’ve never seen before, fresh veggies and herbs, and the traditional cuisine you find here, there is a lot to miss when you get back home. Luckily there are a few things that are easy to take home with you to share…or not.

Costa Rica, Pura Vida, and Imperial

There are a few symbols and phrases that you will see everywhere throughout your trip. Their meaning and what they represent may even mark your soul in a way that cannot be undone. And, if not, they at least make cool souvenirs.

Handcrafted Souvenirs

Costa Rica is famous for its colorful culture, which is well represented in the variety of souvenirs found in souvenir shops. If you’re looking for variety, make sure to visit the Central Market in San Jose, where you will also find great prices. You will find hand crafted souvenirs in almost every town and of course in the tourist places; however, try to seek out the places locals shop at as the prices will be better.

Costa Rica Coffee

History

Coffee production in Costa Rica goes back to the year 1779 when the first Coffea arabica crops were brought directly from Ethiopia. The struggling government saw potential in the innovative crop and soon they started offering free land to anyone who showed interest in harvesting the plants. By the year 1829 coffee had become one of the most important sources of revenue for the country.

By the mid-nineteenth century, Costa Rican coffee was being exported to England, under a Chilean banner. Upon realizing the origin of the coffee they were consuming, British officials entered direct trade relations with Costa Rica and became their most loyal customer up until WWII.

During the early 20th century, coffee revenue aided in the construction of the first modern railroads and even the National Theater (which now boasts murals featuring the crop and is home to one of the most famous cafés in the country).

Nowadays, thanks to the rich volcanic soil, Costa Rica is well-known for its gourmet coffee beans with the famous Tarrazú considered among the finest beans in the world. Along with bananas, coffee might just be the most famous Costa Rican export.

Brewing

It’s true that the secret is out on Costa Rica coffee, but what many people don’t know about is how Costa Ricans make it. They use an apparatus called a chorreador or a rustic drip coffeemaker. Much like the coffeemakers we know, it consists of a filter and a way to pour water in.

To make coffee the Tico way, you only need three items: the chorreador, a wood stand which holds the cloth filter where you put the coffee grounds; the bolsa, a small cotton bag held open by a wire rim and handle that is used as a filter; and a cup or pitcher for coffee placed below. Place coffee in the bag and pour hot water over, where it will seep through the coffee grounds and trickle out of the bag and into the cup.

This process allows for any quantity of coffee to be made and the strength of the brew to be adjusted to taste—from one, strong cup first thing in the morning to a whole pot as family and neighbors. It’s rare to enter a Costa Rican household and not find a chorreador in the cupboard or on the counter.

The chorreador has become a popular souvenir item for travelers that would like to take something authentic home with them after visiting Costa Rica. You can now find a wide variety of these unique coffeemakers in stores and supermarkets all over the country, ranging in style from the very basic to the beautifully decorative. It’s something easy to transport that won’t break the bank and can be used at home or just kept as decoration.

Once you try café chorreado, you may never go back to using a coffeemaker!

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