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The Culture and History of Café Milagro

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At Cafe Milagro, we’re excited to be approaching 20 years in business here in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. As we take a look back, we are so very proud of what we’ve accomplished and our continued growth in bringing our customers the finest Costa Rica coffee as well as supporting our local community.

It all started in the early 1990’s, when Adrienne Pellizzari and Lance Byron were university students in the United States and both decided to take a vacation to Costa Rica. A chance encounter at a local restaurant created a fast friendship between the two of them.

Lance had to return to the States but Adrienne extended her Costa Rica vacation and quickly became frustrated that she couldn’t find a decent cup of coffee anywhere. She came to learn that the best coffee was being exported outside of the country. Determined to keep good coffee in the country, Adrienne bought a coffee roaster, a few books on coffee and started to connect with local growers. In December 1994, Cafe Milagro was born. Adrienne hung her shingle in the little (at the time) town of Quepos. Lance returned to Costa Rica in 1996 and became a partner in the business.

Along with working with local growers, we also believe in giving back. We were the first members in Costa Rica ofOne Percent for the Planet as well as founding members of Titi Conservation Alliance.

At our restaurant in Manuel Antonio, you’ll receive friendly and fast service, delicious food and a fun environment. Most nights of the week, we offer live music to accompany your dinner and refreshing Craft beers, made by a local brewery in Costa Rica.

Almost 20 years later, Cafe Milagro remains an independently-owned and operated business and active member of the Manuel Antonio / Quepos community. We hope to see you soon!

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