National Geographic : 1928 May
Photograph byPublishers' Photo Service COFFEE GROWING IS COSTA RICA'S CHIEF' INDUSTRY After the berries are picked they are taken to the mill to be depulped, fermented, and washed. Thenthey arespread outonacement floor tobe dried and turned in the sun for a week. A yield of one pound per tree is considered good, though this isoften exceeded. The Costa Rican industry is more than Ioo years old, and the beans are famous in Europe, especially in England, for their quality and flavor. Other crops formerly grown inthis progressive republic have been more or less neglected in recent years.