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El Toledo Coffee Tour

Atenas 20504, Costa Rica
+506 2446 2056
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Atenas
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Farms, Food & Drink
Owner description: We are a sustainable organic coffee farm. We have been using sustainably organic practices for over...
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Type: Farms, Food & Drink
Owner description: We are a sustainable organic coffee farm. We have been using sustainably organic practices for over fourteen years. Today we are happy to consider ourselves environmentalists first, and coffee farmers second.
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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

If you have the chance, you must do this tour. It is so enlightening to hear about the coffee industry and how labor intensive it is. Gabrielle and his family have struggled through changing their way of farming, and are now certified organic. The issues and controversy surrounding organic and fair trade coffee from a farmer's point of view,really makes... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Loved this tour. Very friendly people. Gabriel's (tour guide, farmer) viewpoints on organic farming were measured. There was no hard sell on the coffee. All in all a great way to spend a few hours. If you're on public transport you can catch the bus from Atenas to San Isidro. Thank you :)

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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

This was a hi-light of our Atenas trip. The passion and work that goes into this local family farm is beyond any words I can express here. It is about a 30-40 minute drive from San Juan and well worth the trip. My mom and I booked the tour via email the day before and they asked if we would... More 

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Wilmington, NC
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20 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We had the best tour and loved the coffee and the people. This is a beautiful tour and we had a lovely lunch. the family was wonderful and we felt good supporting their farm. This is the REAL Costa Rica.

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Atenas, Costa Rica
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Gabriel explains how coffee farming has evolved and is continuing to evolve. His talk prepares you for what you see in the fields. There are 3 friendly small dogs who accompany you on your tour of the fields. Gabriel also shows you the processing of coffee from start to finish. They basically have only 2 machines. Wear long pants and... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Great tour, far away from the commercialized circuit. We got extensive information on the plants, the process, the techniques and the problems they are facing. The owner took his time to explain everything we wanted to know. The coffee tasting ritual afterwards was nice as well. Our teen kids drank their first coffee. Do not forget to book the typical... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This place is amazing! Very personal experience! The owner only spoke Spanish so they did have English interpreter on site, Kendall, he was so amazing! We explored the plantation and then enjoyed delicious coffee and fruit!

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We had a wonderful experience at this family owned farm. We visited with two young kids, and the family went out of their way to keep them entertained. Knowing that the kids would quickly get bored listening to talk of how coffee is grown, they brought out a big bag of unroasted coffee beans and spread them out on the... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Hi El Toledo Family, Thanks for having our agroecology and sustainable food systems class today. Your hospitality was above all and your tour was fantastic. Thanks so much for going so in depth on your experiences with different farming techniques and all the great things you shared with us. We really appreciate all the time you shared with us and... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Gabriel and his family were wonderful. El Toledo grows coffee in an unique, environmentally responsible, fashion. Fantastic lunch cooked by his aunt as an added bonus for those who choose the lunch option. As part of the tour, definitely ask to go on the swing!

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