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Until World War II England was the largest recipient of Costa Rican coffee exports. Coffee took root in Costa Rica near the end of the 1700s. Cultivation continued and the Costa Rican government soon realized the enormous economic potential of coffee. To encourage production, the government offered free land to coffee farmers in the 19th century. The coffee industry created a wealthy upper class of growers and traders. Although the balance of power during this time was unequal, the revenue from coffee did contribute to the modernization of Costa Rica. Now, Cooperatives bring together small farmers to help secure better bargaining prices for their products. Some cooperatives are also part of a secondary cooperative that works on larger scales to improve the standards of living, rainforest reforestation, crop diversification, women’s development, and educational programs in the communities of coffee farmers. The most classic Costa Rican coffees are mild and softly acidic. Growers are currently experimenting with new flavors that are brighter and fruitier.