Taking great pride in the coffee it grows and produces, Costa Rica has banned Robusta production to protect its Arabica varieties, such as Typica, Caturra, and Villa Sarchi. The government has also issued strict environmental guidelines to protect vulnerable ecosystems and the future of coffee production.
There is no doubt that this large,thinly populated country is capable of growing excellent coffees. However, between devastating hurricanes and political and financial instability, both the production of coffee and its reputation have suffered. Nevertheless, as coffee is the main export, producers are keen to resurrect its standing in specialty markets and continue to work on enhancing their agricultural practices within an improving infrastructure.