1967 Ruiz / Oficina del Cafe Pictorial View of Costa Rica, Coffee Production

Costa Rica Kaffee Der Beste Der Welt Bildkarte von Costa Rica. - Main View

1967 Ruiz / Oficina del Cafe Pictorial View of Costa Rica, Coffee Production


Der Beste Der Welt


Costa Rica Kaffee Der Beste Der Welt Bildkarte von Costa Rica.
  1967 (dated)     20.75 x 32.25 in (52.705 x 81.915 cm)


A whimsical 1968 German-language pictorial view of Costa Rica, drawn by an artist named Ruiz and printed by the Casa Grafica for Costa Rica's Oficina del Café, a government body with representatives in Europe. It was designed to promote Costa Rican coffee to German investors and coffee sellers.
A Closer Look
Covering all of Costa Rica and highlighting the country's rich coffee-growing regions in green, this vibrant pictorial view includes information on local products, characteristics, and history in different parts of the country. Mountains and volcanoes are illustrated with the elevations of the tallest ones noted, which are also compared under the title in the cartouche at bottom-left. Depictions of beaches, rail lines, roads (the Pan-American Highway or Inter-American Highway), hunting and fishing, beachgoers, animals, a hydroelectric dam, and local natural products abound. A globe at top-right displays transatlantic shipping routes and the flag of Costa Rica. An inset of Cocos Island at bottom is dominated by a pirate, harkening to the Pacific island's fame as the supposed site of various buried pirate treasures.
Costa Rican Coffee
Coffee was introduced to Costa Rica in the late 1700s. The country's coffee-growing regions benefit from volcanic soil, high altitude, and tropical climate, providing ideal conditions for cultivation. By the early 19th century, it was the dominant agricultural export, primarily due to the government's supportive measures, including tax incentives and the distribution of free coffee seeds to farmers. By the mid-19th century, Costa Rica was a major coffee producer, with the 'golden bean' becoming a crucial driver of economic development. Throughout the 20th century, the coffee industry continued to flourish, contributing to the funding of public works and shaping Costa Rica's socio-economic landscape. This period was characterized by the expansion of coffee plantations, improvements in cultivation techniques, and the establishment of cooperatives, which helped stabilize prices and distribute profits among local farmers.
Publication History and Census
This view is signed and dated by the artist 'Ruiz' (common in Costa Rica). It was printed by Casa Grafica and published by the Oficina del Café. We are unaware of any other examples of this view in institutional collections or having appeared on the market.


Oficina del Café (Costa Rica) (1933 - present) is a non-state public entity and governing body of coffee growers in Costa Rica. It was founded in 1933 as the Instituto de Defensa del Café, then changed its name in 1948 to the Oficina del Café, and then again in 1985 to the Instituto del Café de Costa Rica. The body oversees aspects of the production and sale of coffee beans in Costa Rica, including promoting exports, and it maintains offices in other countries (the office is financed by a small tax on coffee exports). It also includes the National Coffee Congress, a representative body of producers, roasters, and exporters. More by this mapmaker...

Casa Grafica (c. 1944 - 2003), sometimes as Casa Grafica Ltda., was a lithographic printing house based in San Jose, Costa Rica. In its early years in particular, the firm focused on publishing maps and atlases, usually in Spanish but sometimes in German or English. Learn More...


Good. Pinholes in corners and creasing towards the margins. Several tears professionally repaired at top.