The Café Britt coffee tour is truly one of the best coffee tours in Costa Rica. Also, it is a hands-on experience that even kids enjoy. Located in the cool mountains in Barva, Heredia, the tour features a terrific theater performance. It encourages audience participation, and gives all the facts on coffee production, from the bean to your cup. Café Britt is one of Costa Rica’s biggest exporters of gourmet coffee. They sell its many delicious varieties including organic, shade-grown at its onsite store. The tours last around two hours and packages usually include round trip transport to your hotel.
On top of producing some of the country’s tastiest coffee. Doka Estate, on the slopes of the Poas Volcano, provides wonderful tours that are both educational and entertaining. Since 1908, Doka has been a family operated working coffee plantation. Its old water mill has been designated a cultural heritage site by the local government. You’ll learn all about the farm’s award-winning Arabica coffee, and get a chance to sample from eight different blends. For example, their espresso and peaberry roasts are delightful and come highly recommended. The farm’s most famous tour, known as the Breakfast Blend excursion, includes breakfast and transport from the San Jose area.
Eco-Friendly Tarrazu Coffee at Coopedota
Just south of Cartago, in the cool highlands of Santa Maria de Dota, is Costa Rica’s first carbon neutral coffee producer: . Blessed with fertile, volcanic soil, this region yields some of the world’s finest coffee, perhaps none more famous than the Dota Tarrazu blend. The Coopedota coffee cooperative encompasses some 800 local coffee farmers, and tours to the farm are a wonderful way to support their eco-conscious efforts. Booking a tour during their harvest season (November – March), is especially fun, as you can help farmers pick the vibrant red coffee cherries. Tours are available daily and advance reservations are suggested.
Brewing Your Costa Rica Coffee Tico Style
Forget your automatic coffee maker! One of the best – and easiest – ways to enjoy your Costa Rica coffee is with a chorreador. Also called a “coffee sock,” a chorreador is the traditional Tico way for making a quick cup (or three) of robust Java. They are sold in gift shops and grocery stores throughout the country and are nothing more than a piece of wood that supports a fine mesh filter. Simply place your coffee in the mesh sock in the Chorreador and pour the boiling water over the grounds for the perfect cup. Some of the more decorative chorreadors make fantastic souvenirs.