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This past Sunday, Costa Ricans went to the polls. Election time in Costa Rica is different than here.

For starters, election days are held on Sundays. Originally called, ‘fiesta electoral’, everybody celebrates. And pretty much everybody votes. Even children vote (though their votes are not counted officially). Think about this.

Mauricio voted. He sent Steven and I a bunch of lovely photos of the festivities from around San Jose. Face painting, costumes, flags on cars. In the beautiful photo above, people are waiting to vote. They stand in front of school classrooms in the late afternoon sun. Schools are used as polling stations and young students help with whatever needs to be done.

This year the country voted in a different direction. The people are shaking things up. The governing political party took a massive hit. Two outsiders almost neck and neck are forcing a run-off election, April 1. The run-off election is normal. It’s in their constitution. The contest will be between Fabricio Alvarado Muñoz a Christian singer and congressman, and Carlos Alvarado Quesada, a writer and former minister.

Costa Rica is important to us. Both Steven and Mauricio were born and raised there. They both grew up on coffee farms. They’ve known each other most of their lives. Costa Rica is our home base for our Central American coffee imports. We consider the Costa Rican coffees to be among the best in the world. We want the country to do well.

Pura vida!


Battle Grounds Coffee Co & Roastery