Coffee bean has played important social, economic and even political roles for Costa Rica since the middle of the 19th century and its popularity extends undoubtedly into today. For its smooth flavor and superb quality, coffee of Costa Rica is famous all around the world. Rich volcanic soil and cool temperatures of Costa Rica is ideal for cultivating coffee. There are coffee plantations scattered throughout the country but the highland areas surrounding Tilaran Mountain range and San Jose that extends to Monteverde. These particular areas have ideal climates for coffee plantations. If you are planning for a vacation in Costa Rica and interested about coffee plantation, you can choose a coffee tour. With the help of an expert guide, you can go to the coffee fields, roasters, and cafés and learn about coffee plantation how it grows from seed to mature fruiting plant. Here goes some of the best coffee tours in Costa Rica:
Café Mondeverde Coffee Tour:
This coffee tour starts with a brief about the history of the region that will help you to know about the evolution from a rugged frontier land into an expansive community of settlers, scientists, farmers and also about the coffee producers. Then you will descend some 500 feet down ‘La Trocha’ and visit the area where the coffee crops are grown. From a local farmer you will learn about the harvesting process and how the fruit is graded for quality. You can also pick and taste the ripe coffee berries, a shade-grown Arabica variety of bean. Then you will visit beneficio where the seed is separated from the fruit and dried in the sun. And when the beans completely dried, those are roasted and exported. Then you will visit coffee shop where you can taste a variety of roasts and can also purchase a pound or two of fresh coffee.
Doka Estate Coffee Tour:
Doka Estate is situated Sabanilla, Alajuela, along the fertile slopes of the Poas Volcano. It has been growing and roasting award-winning coffee for three generations. This coffee tour will allow you to gain an intimate understanding of the process how the coffee grown, harvested and also produce in both inside the country and around the world. At the beginning of the tour you will observe the development process of the plant up to the point of recollection of the ripe grain. There you will also know about the history of the estate, owners, the production and varieties of plants, the geography of the area and also about the traditional ways of cultivating the grain. And then you will go to the oldest humid coffee processing plant and can enjoy watching the first classification of the grains and then the process of de-pulping of first and how the second quality coffee takes place in the grinders. The tour will end with a visit to the Doka Estate souvenir shop, where visitors can find the coffee packed in cute, sealed take away bags.
Espiritu Santo Coffee Tour:
This top quality coffee plantations is surrounded by 247 hectares and there you can learn about the trues story behind a steaming cup of coffee. After visiting the farm, the tour guide will inform you about the history of the farm and also about the altitude, location, topography and other interesting details about it. During this tour you will see the coffee in the different stages of development and varieties. You will get the opportunities to see the process of planting from the nursery to the plant that produces the coffee beans. You will also know about the origin and the uses of the traditional mean of transportation that is one of the eight national symbols of Costa Rica. After visiting the Coffee Mill, you will see the pulping, selection and fermentation processes and will know about the three methods used to dry coffee. In the penultimate stage of the tour, you will visit the roasting room where you will enjoy the incomparable aroma of the coffee. There you will also see the ovens and the packaging process and also the different roasting levels. At the end of the tour, you will get the opportunity to visit the souvenir shop and purchase coffee.
The Classic Britt Coffee Tour:
Café Britt is situated in the fertile highlands of Costa Rica’s central valley. Since 1991, this cafe has been running coffee plantation tours. During these tours, you will enjoy visiting both coffee plantation and roastery and will enjoy watching workers and also learning the art of professional coffee tasting. During the whole tour you will be accompanied by expert guides who are friendly and knowledgeable and will ensure you enjoy the tour. This tour will allow you to learn about sustainable growing practices and its role in the country’s social and economic spheres. You will also visit a well-stocked gift store from where you can buy fresh bags of coffee.