Café Britt

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Café Britt
IndustryCoffee roasting and chocolate manufacturing
FounderSteve Aronson
ProductsCosta Rican, Colombian, and Peruvian coffees, chocolates, nuts, candies, and gourmet products
ServicesCoffee tour
ParentGrupo Britt

Café Britt is a Costa Rican company that produces and markets gourmet coffee, chocolate and other products. They create and sponsor coffee-related tourism and education in Costa Rica. Products are sold in retailers, online, in Britt Café • Bakery locations, and in Grupo Britt-owned Morpho Travel shops. The company currently employs around 450 people.[1] Its coffee-roasting and chocolate-making operations are based in Costa Rica, Peru, and Colombia.[2][3]



North American coffee broker Steve Aronson founded the company in 1985 to market roasted Costa Rican coffees to the domestic market.[4] It was the first gourmet coffee roaster in the country;[4] since at that time, most high-quality coffee was exported to foreign markets. Aronson decided to promote the idea that good quality should also be consumed locally.[5] The name Britt is a tribute to Scandinavian countries, which are some of the largest consumers of coffee;[5] Britt was chosen through a contest to pick a name.[5]

The company expanded its operations with the introduction of chocolates in 2000, as well as opening its first store at Juan Santamaría Airport in 2001.[4] In 2003 it added further stores at various hotels popular with tourists in Costa Rica.[4] In 2005 new stores were opened in Perú, the Caribbean, and Chile. In 2009, after a successful transition, Philippe Aronson replaced his father and assumed the role of president.[4]

In 2017, Grupo Britt split into two different companies: Morpho Travel Retail and Café Britt.[6] This allowed the company to focus on producing and commercializing gourmet products, operating cafés, and running the Britt Coffee Tour.[6] Philippe Aronson is the CEO of Café Britt.[7]


Café Britt produces and sells gourmet products, with a focus on coffee and chocolate.[6] Product lines includes Café Britt, Britt Chocolates, and Britt Cookies. The company offers capsules for espresso machines under the brand Britt Espresso, as well as related espresso machines.[8]


In 1991, Café Britt founded Costa Rica's first coffee tour, the "Britt Coffee Tour," as a play staged in its own coffee plantation. Currently the tour offers an interactive journey through the coffee production cycle.[5] Some 50,000 people take the Britt Coffee Tour each year,[5] and more than half a million people have taken it since its founding.[9] In addition to the general tour, technically oriented versions of the tour have been developed for visiting coffee experts or serious amateurs.[5]


The production of Café Britt coffee and chocolate in Costa Rica has been certified Carbon Neutral since 2013. [10]

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  1. ^ Our Story Retrieved: 2018-10-31.
  2. ^ "Cafe Britt's Premium Gourmet Coffee Selection". Cafe Britt. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
  3. ^ "Café Britt se expande en Antigua, México, Chile y Perú". La Nación, Grupo Nación (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  4. ^ a b c d e Arce A., Sergio (2009-12-07). "Café Britt invertirá $8 millones en expansión durante el 2010". La Nación (in Spanish). Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Cordero, Juan Fernando (2005-11-27). "El profeta del grano de oro". La Nación (in Spanish). Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  6. ^ a b c Grupo Britt Retrieved: 2018-10-31.
  7. ^ "Grupo Britt se divide en dos empresas para fortalecer su expansión". La Nación (in Spanish). 2017-09-21. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  8. ^ Britt Espresso Retrieved: 2019-16-01.
  9. ^ Mesalles, Nuria (2010-10-28). "Britt: 25 años de historia". Revista Apetito (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  10. ^ Barquero, Marvin (2013-03-07). "Primeras siete empresas reciben sello de 'carbono neutral'". La Nación (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-11-13.