Costa Rica – Though Costa Rica is one of the world’s top coffee-producing countries, it’s surprisingly difficult to find a good cup there. Why? Because the country exports 90% of its beans, leaving behind the lower-quality coffee for those drinking Costa Rican coffee in its homeland. The long political and economic explanation for this is a long story for another time, but what’s important is that things are changing. And one specific cup of coffee was a crucial player in this change, the movement to enjoy a good Costa Rican coffee at home. Specifically, it was a $6 cup of coffee from the La Mesa farm in Dota, Tarrazú, served at a place called Cafeoteca in 2014.
But before we get to that $6 cup, let’s take

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