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The Tradition of Oxcarts in Costa Rica.

The Spanish colonizers brought the oxcarts to Costa Rica to be used on transportation and farm work, since 1840 oxcarts were used to transport coffee beans, sugar cane, corn and other goods from Costa Rica’s Central Valley over the mountains to the Pacific Coast port of Puntarenas or the Caribbean port of Limon for export.  

Figure 1 Oxcart in Costa Rica

In Costa Rica Oxcarts are famous for their bright colors and rich decorations, the designs and colors in the decorations are based on Costa Rican plants and flowers. Oxcarts in Costa Rica are still strong symbols of the country’s rural past and still feature prominently in parades, festivals, and other celebrations.

Figure 2 Oxcart painter Carlos Chaverri, 1965

Although trucks, tractors and other motorized vehicles have mostly replaced oxcarts in Costa Rica in everyday life, some farmers still stick to the old ways by using them during harvest season or when places are too rough for modern vehicles (Farley, 2018).

Farley, S. (2018). The Story Behind the Tradition of Oxcarts in Costa Rica. Retrieved March 26, 2019, from Webmaster website:
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Costa Rica Food Specialties, Essential Costa Rica

We are extremely proud to announce that our coffee will be published in the “Costa Rica Food Specialties, Essential Costa Rica” publication in 2016 by Procomer; Export Promotion Agency of Costa Rica.

See English translation below.

Trade Name: Scipio Farms.

Business Review: Since 2008, Scipio Farms, SRL has been a proud member of the family of farmers in the area, besides being part of the team Coopetarrazú located in the region of Tarrazú, Costa Rica. Scipio Farms, SRL works with the Coopetarrazú to ensure that coffee is produced in harmony with the environment and so ensure that future generations can enjoy this natural, rich and distinguished coffee.

Product Attributes:

  • Innovative packaging
  • Innovative process

Product description:

  • Available in bags of 453 g dark, medium, light, beans or ground; and 340 g medium grain or organic ground.
  • Available in jute bags one pound and two pounds.
  • Jute bags are made 100% by hand in order to preserve the tradition and Costa Rican folklore.
  • The bags have valves to evacuate gases thereof.
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Welcome to the New Scipio Farms Website!

Our organic Arabica coffee is grown in harmony with the environment. Shade grown under a diverse canopy of forest and fruit trees that provide shelter and food to migratory and endemic birds. Natural products are used for fertilizer and pest control. There is plant coverage to regenerate and prevent erosion of the soil.

The coffee fruit is produced with ecological milling machines that use little water, and the beans are sun dried to preserve the unique flavors and aromas of our coffee.