A new way to connect with Costa Rican cafés

I had a stomach virus for several days, which means that I wasn’t able to drink the Elixir of Life – or, at least, not in appropriate quantities. Today I was back to my beloved morning joe, and in gratitude, I’m dedicating today’s Boost to a local effort to support coffee shops.

Un Café para Seguir (A Coffee to Keep Going) is a lovely website that features a number of coffee shops and allows you to buy a gift certificate from them that you can use when the pandemic eases (many cafés are open now in keeping with government guidance, but at the same time, many families, like mine, are still staying home). I found it through a neighborhood spot I absolutely love, Santo Café, which I’m eager to support through this crisis, but learned about some other great spots by browsing the site.

I hope this new effort continues to grow, adding new shops, perhaps allowing us to buy specialty coffees and other services, and helping tourists find great, unique places for a cuppa once things improve.

What’s your favorite place to have a coffee in Costa Rica? Besides, of course, any quiet porch during an aguacero.

I’m a writer in San José, Costa Rica, on a year-long quest to share daily posts on inspiring people, places and ideas from my adopted home as a kind of tonic during a rough time in the world. Sign up (top right of this page) to receive a little dose of inspiration every weekday in your mailbox; tell a friend; check out past posts; and please connect with me on Instagram or FacebookIf you want to learn more about how to support Costa Rica during the crisis, visit my COVID-19 section, updated regularly – or for ways to enjoy Costa Rica from afar, visit Virtual Costa Rica.

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