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“Learned so much about coffee we signed up for another tour in San Jose” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Monteverde Coffee Tour

Monteverde Coffee Tour
Santa Elena Cooperative, Santa Elena, Costa Rica
+506 2645 5006
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Ranked #6 of 17 things to do in Santa Elena
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Corolla, North Carolina
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“Learned so much about coffee we signed up for another tour in San Jose”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

We enjoyed the coffee in Costa Rica which inspired us to take this tour. Glad we did. If it's hot go in the morning. We saw more wildlife on this tour than during the cloud forest tour. plus good coffee, fresh sugar cane and a knowledgeable tour guide. worth the money

Visited February 2013
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Delft, The Netherlands
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“San Luis Coffee tour: you can just go there yourself without the transport / commission”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

If you are by car in Monteverde / St. Elena and do not wish to use the taxi/shuttle services or the "help" of people who get a lot of commission, just drive up to San Luis by car. In San Luis you will find the sign (i.e. to the right at the only junction in San Luis) with "Cafe San Luis" which is where the tour is. It starts most often at 8h30 and always at 14h, every day. Without the transport you pay 16 USD per person (and kids for free) for a very interesting tour by the owner, Victor, (and a dolmetscher) and get to taste the best coffee.
He also has explanations about other agricultural things than coffee.
You could check out "victorsfarm" on the internet. (.com) for mor info/telefone nr, etc.
Highly recommended.

Visited May 2013
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“Kind of expensive, but well done”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

It was interesting to see how much work goes into a cup of joe... Also they had sugar cane, moonshine and cocoa that they processed on site. Overall it was a good tour and we enjoyed it,

Visited March 2013
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“fun informative tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

The tour started with coffee growing, picking and bean processing. After that we all were given flashlights and went outdoor looking at plants and animal life in the rainforest. We ended the tour with samples of coffee. Informative and fun.

Visited March 2013
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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“A must do in Santa Elena - very interesting!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

Fellow travellers recommended the "El Trapiche" coffee tour in Santa Elena, so that is the one we booked! It was about $60/person for a 2.5 hour tour.

Our guide, Jorge, is fluent in English, Spanish and I think German. He was very friendly, knowledgable & has a great sense of humor - we really enjoyed the tour!

We started out in the sugar cane plantation, moved into coffee, then chocolate. Throught, we saw bananas, magos, plantains, etc. We were moved through a series of buildings where coffee berries are collected, dried, processed, roasted, etc. Ditto for the chocolate - we got to taste the nibs and Jorge ground some, added sugar and there was some heated chocolate for us to taste (yum!). The end of the tour was where they process the sugar cane, how the oxen are still used, etc. They made brown sugar and we used some of the farm's products to make our own candy. It was pretty sweet but the kids on the tour loved it!

Afterwards, we congregated for some lemon iced tea or coffee, asked questions, etc. It was a very friendly tour and we learned a lot. I would recommend El Trapiche to anyone.

Visited February 2013
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