Coffee lovers will find what they like Thursday at San Jose’s Mercado Central when the merchants there celebrate the Día Internacional del Café.
The Union de Comerciantes del Mercado Central said that a number of other organizations and firms would be present to serve free coffee. There will be a voluntary donation for a social project, the merchant group said.
Coffee aromas hang heavy in the air around the market. There are some major retail coffee outlets there and nearby with constant grinding of beans.
Thursday the event is from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the merchants promise the traditional aspects of a Costa Rican fiesta: Mascaradas, those giant papier-mâché heads, and cimarronas, those brass street bands. Most certainly there will be typical dancing, too.
Also participating are the Asociación Costarricense de Baristas, the Instituto del Café de Costa Rica and the Asociación de Cafés Finos, said the merchant group.
The merchant organization noted that coffee, the grano de oro, has played a majorrole in the history of Costa Rica. In fact, coffee changed the country from subsistence agriculture to exportation in the middle of the 19th century. Great wealth followed.
The Mercado Central is between the pedestrian boulevard and Avenida 1. The market dates from 1880 and now has about 200 stores inside.