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Coffee production in Costa Rica

Coffee production has played a key role in Costa Rica's history and continues to be important to the country's economy. In 2006, coffee was Costa Rica's number three export, after being the number one cash crop export for several decades. In 1997, the agriculture sector employed 28 percent of the labor force and comprised 20 percent of Costa Rica's total GNP. Production increased from 158,000 tons in 1988 to 168,000 tons in 1992. The largest growing areas are in the provinces of San José, Alajuela, Heredia, Puntarenas, and Cartago. The coffee is exported to other countries in the world and is also exported to cities in Costa Rica.

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"Juan Dolar"

This guy drives his ox cart up to the Doka Coffee Plantation in Costa Rica every day because many tourists go there, and he charges one dollar for people to get a picture with his cart. So, to the locals and the tour guides, he's known as "Juan Dolar."

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