HOME > Chowhound > Ontario (inc. Toronto) >
What are you cooking today?

Where can I buy coffee beans from Costa Rica?

geekwithspatula Jan 26, 2012 05:32 AM

Looking to by this as a present for a friend. Any suggestions? Thanks!

  1. t
    Tatai Jan 29, 2012 07:27 AM

    I'm so surprised by this thread. We spent 10 days in Costa Rica a couple of years ago and I never had a good cup of coffee while I was there. Thought it might be the fault of the cafes and brought home a few pounds of beans of various brands and roasts. No better. I found that they were one-noted and lacked depth and intensity.

    1 Reply
    1. re: Tatai
      Derksen Jan 29, 2012 10:37 AM

      Give Guatemalan beans a shot. Tons of flavour and depth. Good value. Stay away from the packaged stuff though. Fresh roasted is the only way to go for a great cup.

    2. Otonabee Jan 28, 2012 06:14 PM

      Dark City Roast has one - you order by phone and they roast to order - http://www.darkcitycoffee.com/product...

      1. 5
        5andman Jan 27, 2012 06:58 PM

        Coffee Tree (Bloor West Village)
        They have mail-order too.


        1. d
          Derksen Jan 26, 2012 12:16 PM

          I'd also suggest Green Beanery. I find Birds and Beans tends to under-roast.... only my opinion, but I find that they don't hit city roast. I've bought a LOT of coffee from both. Green Beanery has a great selection.

          1 Reply
          1. re: Derksen
            Danybear Jan 26, 2012 08:44 PM

            Costa Rican coffee beans have become very trendy lately. I used to have a condo on the beach in Jaco in Costa Rica and love the coffee, every time I returned my suitcase was filled with about 60 pounds of beans in foil bricks. No clothes, just coffee beans. Some Canadian Customs Officers were intrigued and tried to find out what I was "really" smuggling (nada), and others didn't care. Now a days Loblaws and No Frills has packets of coffee beans from Costa Rica in several roastings.

          2. b
            beach_cook Jan 26, 2012 09:39 AM

            Birds & Beans, Lakeshore W near Superior/Primrose/Mimico Avs.

            1. b
              Big_Shooter_28 Jan 26, 2012 09:07 AM

              There is a Specialty Coffee shop in the St. Lawrence Market. I would assume they would have Costa Rician Coffee.

              1. foodyDudey Jan 26, 2012 05:45 AM

                The Green Beanery has them.

                Look at the bottom of this page: http://www.greenbeanery.ca/bean/catal...

                Show Hidden Posts