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Costa Rican coffee exports no longer safe from theft

Friday, December 14, 2012

An unprecedented $3 million worth of high-quality arabica coffee beans have been stolen in the last year in Costa Rica, the National Coffee Exporters Chamber reported.

Exporters were used to seeing one, maybe two containers (which hold 316 bags of 60 kilograms) stolen each year, but since October 2011, exporters have seen a dramatic increase, reaching a total of 19.

Coffee, Costa Rica’s most coveted commodity, is shipped from the Caribbean port of Limón, which is considered to be one of the safest and most reliable in the region.

Source: Tico Times