Coffee production has played a key role in Costa Rica's history and continues to be important to the country´s economy. The largest growing areas are in the provinces of San José, Alajuela, Heredia, Puntarenas, and Cartago. The coffee is exported to other countries in the world and is also exported to cities in Costa Rica.
Coffee production in the country began in 1779 in the Meseta Central which had ideal soil and climate conditions for coffee plantations.
Costa Rican coffee beans are considered among the best in the world. Tarrazú is thought to produce the most desirable coffee beans in Costa Rica.