San Marcos de Tarrazu is a coffee growing region of Costa Rica which produces some of the country’s most distinguished coffees.
The Tarrazu region is located in the country’s interior mountains, and Tarrazu is a market name. Coffee from this area is known to be relatively heavy-bodied and exhibits an aromatic complexity.
San Marcos de Tarrazu and the Talamanca Sierra
San Marcos de Tarrazu is situated in southern Costa Rica in a highland valley surrounded by the mountains of the Talamanca Sierra. The downtown area is located at 1,350 meters above sea level with surrounding peaks as high as 3,000 meters above sea level.
This region is ideal for growing coffee because of the rich, red volcanic soils and because many of the mountain slopes face the morning sunlight and then clouds are common during the afternoons, providing protection from the hottest hours of sun.
Also see Costa Rica Coffee.