Climate-friendly Coffee: Costa Rica plants more shade trees and reduces chemical use to save coffee’s future

Climate-friendly coffee farming is both the future of coffee and the future for coffee. Around the world, coffee farmers are adopting climate-friendly methods to grow their coffee including planting more shade trees, as well as reducing the use of chemical sprays.

Coffee is one of Costa Rica’s main exports but coffee production contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. Efforts are underway to make it less environmentally damaging.

Coffee production has played a major role in Costa Rica’s history and it is famed for its high-quality arabica varieties. It is the world’s 14th largest coffee producer although it only accounts for about one percent of the world’s coffee.

Costa Rica is now home to three zero emission coffee companies plus some carbon neutral banana, pineapple and cattle producers, putting the nation at the forefront of a movement that is slowly growing.

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyles including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at

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