ABOUT THE ORIGIN
The Central Valley, or Valle Central in Spanish, is a plateau in central Costa Rica. The land in the valley is a relative plain surrounded by several mountains and volcanos of the Central Range. The region is home to almost three quarters of Costa Rica's population and includes the capital and most populous city, San José. The land in the Central Valley is distributed betwee the provinces of Alajuela, Heredia, San José and Cartago. The region occupies an area of 11,366 km², more than a fifth of the country, and is drained by the Tárcoles River. Farms in Central Valley are comparatively accessible but recognized for growing and processing Arabica coffees with the bright acidity and complex fruits Costa Rican coffee is known for.