As many of you may know, the Costa Rica coffee industry in the highlands will start a new harvest cycle pretty soon. Indeed, the mountainous region south the Costa Rican capital of San Jose has been showing signs of early coffee activity.
Currently, farmers are busy adding fertilizer and taking care of the roads in preparation for the upcoming high season. Fertilizer is critical at this time of the year since without it, the coffee beans in the plant won't grow to its optimal size for future coffee picking. This year, due to the drought that affected most of Central America, many coffer farmers in San Marcos were worried that the lack of water would negatively affect the harvest. This is true in some farms, but for the most part, the Tarrazu farms were spared of damaging conditions in the weather caused by "El niño". At this moment, the October rainfall accumulation has been normal or above normal which guarantee the growth of the coffee bean in the plant.
This has dissipated all worries that local farmers had at the beginning of the coffee cycle. Indeed, early in May and June, the lack of rainfall had depleted the water sources and springs. Some small villages in the mountains had seen their drinking water supply diminish or disappear because of the lack of rainfall. Also, coffee farmers were very concerned because the rainfall essential for coffee flowering was absent.
Fast forward to mid October, the situation has changed and precipitation has been enough for the coffee plants and coffee beans to survive the effects of the drought. Even the local mountains spring for drinking water in the villages have returned to normal.
This a a blessing and it is just a matter of weeks that the harvest season will start. Weather forecasts predicts normal rainfall for the rest of October and November.
Goods signs can be seen in the economic capital of this mountain region, San Marcos. Indeed, migrant workers from Nicaragua and Panama are now seen in local stores buying essential items for coffee picking season like "canastos" or baskets, pillows and blankets, and groceries. As per the farmers, they are busy fertilizing the coffee plants, cleaning the farms of weeds and taking care of the farm roads to give easy access to trucks that carry the coffee cherries to the mills.
Let the coffee Fiesta start once again in the valley!