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Costa Rican coffee guide


Costa Rican coffee guide

Costa Rican coffee guide

In amongst Costa Rica's tropical forests, high hills and majestic volcanic landscapes, some of the world's finest coffee beans are grown. Where lush green banana plants intertwine with vibrant red coffee cherries and where bubbling hot springs simmer on the surface. This is where our coffee farmers use all that the land has to offer to create a distinct Costa Rican coffee .

What does Costa Rican coffee taste like?

The region where we source our beans produces coffee that has malty notes and develops cocoa flavours once roasted.

How is our Costa Rican coffee grown and harvested?

  • High altitude locations (1,600 metres above sea level)
  • Mineral rich volcanic soils
  • Heavy rainfall
  • Ample sunshine
  • Rare fermentation process

Many Costa Rican farms are nestled high among beautiful hills and mountains at altitudes of up to 1,600 metres above sea level. In these regions, the sun shines, just the right amount, and rain is plentiful with some areas experiencing as much as 3,000 millimetres a year. The combination of glorious sunshine, heavy annual rain, and mineral-rich, volcanic soils mean that coffee grows very happily here.

Once the beans are perfectly ripened, they are hand-picked by our coffee experts. Only the finest red ripe cherries are selected.

Costa Rica: The home of an extremely rare fermentation process

Our goal is to discover delicious, unique, outstanding coffee from across the world. Every so often, we find something new and exciting, a technique that pushes boundaries and broadens our understanding of coffee craftsmanship.

High in Costa Rica's mountains, we discovered an extremely rare process, where a local farmer used hot rainforest spring water to ferment the coffee beans. 'The Hot Springs Technique' is a one-of-a-kind fermentation process that is patented by one Costa Rican farmer - so you won't find it anywhere else.

Crafted deep in the Costa Rican rainforests, among the volcanoes, hills and valleys, in one of the oldest communities in Costa Rica, Orosi's mineral hot spring. The scarcity of this coffee means that this limited-edition coffee only appears when the timing is just right.

Costa Rican Coffee Farming: Sustainability at heart

We believe that a great cup of coffee can deliver an extraordinary experience but can also create value for our communities and environment. In 2003, we partnered with the Rainforest Alliance to create the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program. This program combines coffee expertise with social and environmental sustainability.

We work together to produce exceptional coffee, to implement best farming practices and ensure the future and welfare of our farmers, their local communities, and our environment.

The program started out with around 300 farmer members but has since grown to more than 70,000 members from 12 countries across the world. Each member has the same goal: to create sustainable quality.

In Costa Rica, our farmers are on a journey of continuous improvement. Our sustainable practices honour ancient traditions of the land while ensuring the future of our Costa Rican coffee. Local producers have access to:

  • Farmer training
  • Onsite assistance from our local agronomists
  • Financial, and technical support to continuously improve quality, sustainability, and productivity

Today we source 80% of our permanent coffees from the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program and more than 40% of all our coffee comes from farms that have achieved Rainforest Alliance certification. Our unique approach to quality coffee helps improve the livelihood of coffee farmers and the world that we live in.

Costa Rican Coffee: Our Central American blends


Mild and delicately toasted coffee made up of pure Arabicas. The heart of Cosi is a high-grown Arabica coffee from Costa Rica's mountains. This is combined with a blend of the finest East African, Central and South American Arabicas to create a delicate and balanced marriage of lightly toasted cereal and fruity notes.

Discover our full range of coffee blends

Costa Rican coffee recipes

Looking for some recipe inspiration? Here are a couple of our favourite ways to enjoy our Costa Rican coffee

Iced Latino Coffee Latte

Iced Latino Coffee Latte

Enjoy the taste of Costa Rica in this cool, classy and richly flavourful drink. Put some latin in your latte.


  • Nespresso Costa Rican coffee blend of choice
  • 2 cl / 0.7 oz of vanilla syrup
  • 100 ml / 3.4 oz of milk
  • Crushed ice to taste


  1. Pour the vanilla syrup in a large glass
  2. Fill the glass with ¾ of crushed ice
  3. Pour the coffee on top
  4. Froth Milk
  5. Add some cold milk in the glass and some milk froth

Iced Lungo

Iced Lungo Coffee

Smooth, sweet and refreshing, it's basically a coffee, but cold.

Same taste, none of the heat.


  • 90g of ice
  • 4 g of white sugar
  • One capsule of Cosi by Nespresso
  • 100ml of cold water


  1. Pour water into a jug and add sugar (optional)
  2. Add the ice
  3. Brew your espresso coffee and pour into your jug
  4. Serve the preparation in a glass

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