Costa Rica Purchase Planning

Posted on March 1st, 2022


We have designed our purchase planning tools with you in mind to make buying coffee with us smoother than ever. By purchase planning, you can make decisions based on the most up-to-date information on current crop offerings with expert guidance from our sales reps working closely with our green buyers at origin. Planning ahead for this year’s Costa Rican harvest allows you first access to a wider variety of fresh-crop lots, the opportunity for greater possible creative sourcing outside our typical offerings, and the assurance of coverage throughout the year until the following harvest season. Costa Rica offers a wide variety of versatile cup profiles and our sales reps are here to plan ahead with you to find creative solutions for your business needs, whatever they may be!

As the first Central American country to have a fully established coffee industry, the modern-day Costa Rican market has a strong reputation for producing a diversity of profiles from its various growing regions. Between the breadth of varieties grown here, the distinct and varied regional profiles, and our very own full-service import-export operation  – Oxcart Coffee – planning ahead with us for your Costa Rican purchases offers you a unique opportunity to source coffees specifically tailored to your needs.



Motivated by the desire to work directly with growers, build better connections, and keep a closer eye on the quality and logistics of all coffee shipments leaving Costa Rica bound for Cafe Imports’ sales offices around the globe, we opened the doors of our import-export operation, Oxcart Coffee, in 2018.

Since then, our green buyer, Luis Arocha, and our supply chain specialist, Adriana Abarca, have overseen the sourcing, development, and movement of some of the world’s finest coffees from Costa Rica. In everything we do, we look to build reliable, supportive, and consistent relationships at origin and the work we do through Oxcart is no different.

 “Oxcart is a Costa Rican export company, but Cafe Imports is a worldwide company,” Luis says. “The idea is to be able to share all that knowledge and experience of all of our years with everybody—bringing coffee people and producers to the Oxcart office to create and be more part of the community. The coffee community is growing in Costa Rica and I want to be part of it.” These days, Luis, Adriana, and the rest of the Oxcart teamwork with over fifteen micromills, all of which they have worked with for more than five years as our relationships in Costa Rica began long before the inception of Oxcart.

Through our work at Oxcart, our aim is to continue to work with the same micromills year after year to focus on building quality with our longstanding partners. The Oxcart Coffee office is not simply a place to do the business of selling coffee, but also a resource for local producers. By hosting open cuppings at our onsite roasting lab, offering opportunities for consultation and education, and creating a space for candid conversations about coffee, quality, and production, we hope to continue to establish Oxcart as a place where our producer partners can grow and prosper with us.


Our microlot offerings from Costa Rica are clean, complex, and nuanced cup options for anyone looking for a high-quality single-origin or espresso option. These represent the best of the best from our long-term partnerships, cared for and supported by our team at Oxcart. Below are just a few of the many outstanding partners we work with in Costa Rica. To learn more about our producer partners, get in touch with your sales rep! We love sharing the stories behind our coffees with you.

Las Lajas Micromill

If there’s one origin that has nearly perfected the process of processing, it’s Costa Rica, and if there’s one producer that’s been setting the standards on quality, innovation, and leading by example — it’s Francisca Chacon of Las Lajas Micromill. Las Lajas was one of the first micromills to produce honey and naturally-processed microlots in Costa Rica and ever since they have been perfecting over 6 specific processes largely based on the varieties they cultivate.

La Margarita Micromill

On Finca La Margarita in Costa Rica, Heinz Hoffman has owned and operated 13 hectares of land since 1976, farming coffee on this microlot since 1987. Over the decades, he has kept meticulous weather records and detailed information about his crops, including a study of annual rainfall, which reflects the dramatic effects of climate change in his area.⁠⁠ For many of our producer partners, coffee is more than just a livelihood. It is an opportunity for radical development in agricultural practices and a chance to cultivate ongoing care for their communities and we’re proud to work alongside producers that share our values.

Aguilera Brothers Micromill

The Aguileras are a family of 12 brothers and sisters who are second-generation coffee producers in the West Valley. Their father was one of the first coffee growers in the area when he planted his farm nearly 70 years ago. Neighbouring farmers warned him that coffee wouldn’t grow there, but now the area is rich with coffee lands. His children, the Aguilera Brothers, work together to produce coffee most of the siblings own farmland and comanage the micromill they installed with the earnings from their fourth-place Cup of Excellence win in 2007.


Planning now always pays off later, here’s how simple planning can be:


Reach out to your sales rep about your needs in early March. By getting in touch ahead of time, you can take advantage of a larger selection of offerings to choose from.


Samples from Costa Rica will be available from April onward.


We expect to see microlot offerings begin to ship in May.


These coffees will become available after arrival between June and July. See below for more details on shipment and arrivals.


Our team at Oxcart confirms that the harvest this year has been delayed due to weather patterns that have affected the drying process for many micromills.

We have not begun cupping microlot samples from Costa Rica yet, but as of now quality for this harvest looks to be standard.

We expect shipments out of Costa Rica to be on schedule this harvest season.

As we strive to work closely with our customers, our current offerings are generally representative of the needs of our specialty coffee community here in Australia. That being said, we have access to coffees far beyond our offerings list thanks to our extensive sourcing programs around the world — all you need to do is reach out to us. If there’s something that you’re looking for, we’d love to work with you and our sourcing team to turn your needs into a reality.

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