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El Trapiche Tour

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Address: Costa Rica
Phone Number: (506) 2645-5271
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Pretty neat 3-in-1 tour (sugar cane, coffee, chocolate)

Even though I don't drink coffee, I know Costa Rica is renowned for their coffee production so figured it'd be worth a visit (plus my wife loves coffee). The tour was also... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Even though I don't drink coffee, I know Costa Rica is renowned for their coffee production so figured it'd be worth a visit (plus my wife loves coffee). The tour was also intriguing because it had two other components as well - sugar cane and chocolate! Overall, our tour was pretty interesting and informative. Our guide, Oscar, is the nephew... More 

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San José, San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

I can say this was our favorite experience while at Monteverde. This tour is run by a family and this shows in the process...they do this with tons of fun, care and love. They let you taste and try the process and products of making coffee, chocolate and processing of sugar cane. We learned a lot about these three products... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

This turned out to be great fun and exceed all expectations. The drop-off at a roadside building holds little promise. But as you hike through the property (easy hike) you see and learn about coffee growing, picking, cleaning, and roasting. We learned about sugar cane, and saw an ox-driven trapiche, the pressing machine to extract juice from the sugar cane.... More 

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Truro, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Really enjoyed this tour. Is in a very scenic setting and guide did a very good job of keeping everyone interested in the coffee, cacao and sugarcane processes! Highly recommend.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We hadn't planned on doing this tour & I'm so glad we did! It was one of the best tours we did while in Costa Rica. Oscar was our tour guide & he did a great job of explaining all the different processes on the farm. Our only mistake was we wore sandals & our feet were SO dirty at... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

There's a little bit of everything on this tour. Information about growing and harvesting sugar cane, coffee and chocolate is given by knowledgeable guides. We were given tastes of all three products, the most surprising being the sweetness that surrounds a coffee bean before it is picked. Our group made chocolate from scratch and it was delicious and we saw... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Went there as a small tour of about 12 people. The tour of the plantation was excellent. We already knew a lot about coffee from living in Jamaica and Hawaii, but learned a lot from the leader of this tour. The lunch provided was excellent, but the coffee they brewed was only mediocre.

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Rumson, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

It is not an easy thing to keep kids ranging in age from 4-11 interested and engaged, but this tour was paced perfectly. Everyone could participate in inspecting coffee beans as they come from plant to roaster and to cup. The same with sugar cane and cocoa, with tourists making their own molasses! A great way to spend the morning... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Awesome tour for families - very informative, fun and entertaining all at once. One of our favorite activities during our stay in Monteverde. Learned about coffee, chocolate and sugar cane - tasting and watching all of the processes. I thought I knew a lot about coffee but was wrong. Family run business - our guide was very knowledgable and funny.... More 

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Witney, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We really enjoyed this. You get to see the process for 3 of Costa Rica's main crops Coffee, Chocolate and Cane Sugar. The chocolate segment was particularly good. You get to taste chocolate at all stages of the process from bean to finished product and see how it changes. Our children loved this! The sugar process is fascinating to see... More 

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