Enjoying coffee tours in Costa Rica

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Want to take part in some of the best coffee tours in Costa Rica? Below, we profile four of the best locales within this small Central American nation where you can see where your daily cuppa comes from…

Monteverde

Located up on the misty plateau near Costa Rica’s continental divide, a number of coffee plantations provide the perfect way to add some perk to your day before tackling the nature trails and zip lines that are found in abundance here.

Many of the tours here go over the history of cultivation in the area, and once you get to the production, you’ll see how the beans from which coffee is derived is picked, dried and processed. While the focus here is on coffee, chocolate and sugar cane processing is also done here, allowing you the opportunity to sample both of these food crops as well as the outstanding dark roast that is created here.

Heredia

Want to go on a tour where the people running it really know their stuff? Then head up to Heredia and visit the Classic Britt plantation, where high quality java has been grown for over thirty years. There is much focus here on sustainability, as they will be eager to impart to you on the tour.

The on site restaurant, aside from pouring the finest cups from the beans sewn from their field, also dishes up authentic Costa Rican cuisine, making it the perfect place to sample some of this nation’s culinary heritage.

Alajuela

Located close to Costa Rica’s largest international airport (thereby making it a great activity to do on your last day in the country), the Doka Estate Coffee Plantation makes the most of the rich, loamy soils that can be found at the base of the Poas Volcano by growing some of the finest beans in the nation. |

This has been a very productive spot since the beginning of coffee cultivation in the 19th century, as the factory that processes the picked crop is so old that is was officially recognized as an Architectural Heritage for Humanity by the government in 2003.

Naranjo

Located on the road to Arenal, which is one of Costa Rica’s most famous volcanoes, the Espiritu Santo Coffee Tour will put you in touch with farmers that produce the seeds that go into the fair trade gournet coffee that you purchase at outlets like Starbucks and Caribou Coffee Company.

Owned and operated by a cooperative, their efforts go into creating a high quality product that consistently hits benchmarks for the most discerning of importers, as well as maintaining metrics that help preserve the integrity of the environment of which this operation is a part.