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Santa Elena Cooperative Coffee Tours

Santa Elena, Costa Rica
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Ursula B wrote a review Feb 2018
Sherwood Park, Canada33 contributions11 helpful votes
We were picked up from our hotel and transported not to far to this tour where Alison told us how they plant, harvest and process chocolate, sugar cane and coffee at this small plantation. Taken from area to area, she was informative and funny and we got to see how it is done. We tasted cocoa at it's purest and how it's made into chocolate which we tasted - yum! Sugar cane was cranked through a machine which provided a sweet drink and we picked ripe coffee beans just as the workers do (by hand) to produce this locally sold coffee. Afterwards you can get on the oxen pulled cart over to the building were you can have a premium cup of coffee and maybe even buy some to take home. We also had 85 year old Don Juan show up to see how things were going and gave us ladies a hug and posed with us for a picture. A lovely old man. We were very impressed with this tour and enjoyed it immensely.
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Date of experience: February 2018
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E K wrote a review Jul 2013
Stanford, California2 contributions3 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: June 2013
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Sheryl S wrote a review May 2013
Troy, Missouri3 contributions2 helpful votes
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!
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Date of experience: May 2013
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B_and_E_Canada wrote a review Dec 2012
Vancouver, Canada28 contributions11 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: December 2012
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Allison W wrote a review Apr 2012
14 contributions11 helpful votes
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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