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“From growing to roasting to tasting....tour with good value” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Santa Elena Cooperative Coffee Tours

Santa Elena Cooperative Coffee Tours
Santa Elena, Costa Rica
+506 2645 5006
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Ranked #11 of 14 Attractions in Santa Elena
Type: Tours
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Stanford, California
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“From growing to roasting to tasting....tour with good value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

This tour had a good balance of information about coffee growing, coffee processing, and coffee tasting. It also gave an inside look at how a smaller scale coffee cooperative-member operates in this part of Costa Rica. The roasting demonstration is smaller scale, but you get to see the process, rather than simply walking through the industrial scale processing facilities you might see on some tours. The roaster, Mauricio, had a lot to explain, and was clearly knowledgeable. The "blind" taste testing had more things to taste than on the other tour I've done, and was a good learning experience. The website other's mentioned on trip advisor was down. But the phone number was still good. We called and arranged for a 1:30 tour. Someone picked us up at our hotel at 1:15, and drove us to the farm and roasting facility. The tour was $30/person (less for students) and lasted about 3 hrs---a good activity for a rainy afternoon in Monteverde.

Visited June 2013
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“Better than I expected”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

We had a very informative tour. Not only explanations about coffee but about the whole culture. We even learned how to participate in "spooning". They also make the best pancakes to accompany your coffee after the tour!

Visited May 2013
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“5* Very Informative”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

Tour of a family-run coffee plantation with coffee tasting. Joyce, a family member was a very knowledgeable guide who explained many aspects of Costa Rica's coffee industry very well. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Visited December 2012
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“Amazing - didn't even know I was interested before tour!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2012 via mobile

Many thanks to our guide Marco, not only because he's a fellow Georgetown Hoya but also because he & our host, Don Victor, genuinely care about the coffee and the people who produce it. The experience was a bit like visiting a relative's farm out in the country: walk around, see the process, say hello to the cows, then sit down over a cup of coffee & chat. Although I did the tour in Spanish, Marco helped me with translation when necessary.

Seriously, I had no idea that I was interested in coffee before the tour. Thanks guys.

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“The only real Tico coffee tour in Costa Rica”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2012

We travelled 3 weeks in Costa Rica with our 2 boys (nearly 5 and 6 1/2 years old) and wanted to do a coffee tour while travelling.

But, we didn't want to do the commercial ones.
Reina from Cabanas Valle Campanas (our accomodation in Monteverde) recommended us to do this one. What a hit!!

This is a tour that goes to a local coffee farmer, with whom you have plenty of time to discuss, and you are able to get the feeling of the real Tico farmer's life.

You enjoy the growing process, the harvesting (you can help!), the processing (there too!) and a nice tasting at the end, without pressure.

Far far away from the commercial tours where you see the business but not the people. We came to Costa Rica partly to meet Ticos and have a strong feeling about their way of life. That coffee tour was in direct line with that desire.

Visited January 2012
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