Coffee is a hugely important crop to the history and culture of Costa Rica. High altitude and fertile volcanic soil made it a valuable export, and it was even England’s no.1. Supplier in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The funds from trade like this allowed for large-scale modernisation across the nation. Costa Rican coffee is widely diverse with many heirloom varietals but is typically known for its lively acidity, sweet, light-bodied floral flavours.