Café Britt

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Café Britt
Family and investor owned
Industry Coffee roasting and chocolate manufacturing
Founded 1985
Headquarters Mercedes Norte, Heredia, Costa Rica
Number of locations
123 Stores
Area served
Costa Rica, Peru, Mexico, Chile, United States, Curaçao, St. Thomas, Antigua & Barbuda, New Caledonia, Colombia, Brasil, Ecuador, Guatemala, Uruguay, Republica Dominicana.
Key people
Phillippe Aronson (President) Pablo Vargas (CEO)
Products Costa Rican, Mexican and Peruvian coffees and chocolates, nuts, candies, gifts and specialty products
Revenue $100 million

Café Britt is a Costa Rican company that produces gourmet coffee, fine chocolate and specialty gift items. They have 92 gift stores in eight countries (in Latin America, the Caribbean, Australia and the United States) and an online store. They create and sponsor coffee-related tourism and education in Costa Rica.

The company employs nearly 1,000 people.[1] Many of the 92 coffee-and-gift stores it owns and operates are located in international airports. Its coffee-roasting and chocolate-making operations are based in Costa Rica, Peru and Mexico.


New York coffee broker Steve Aronson founded the company in 1985 to market roasted Costa Rican coffees to the domestic market. At the time, the country's coffee-industry regulations required that all of the best coffee be exported, unroasted, to foreign markets. The company succeeded in marketing its coffees to Costa Rican hotels, restaurants and supermarkets.[citation needed] Café Britt also markets its coffees on the Internet.


In 1991, Café Britt became the first Costa Rican company to combine coffee with tourism.[citation needed] Its CoffeeTour, a play staged in its own coffee plantation, traces coffee’s production cycle. Some 50,000 people take the tour each year. More technically oriented versions of the tour have been developed for visiting coffee experts or serious amateurs.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Britt Shop Story Retrieved: 2012-01-15.