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North Fields Coffee Tours

La Fortuna de San Carlos
Allan was a wonderful host at his remarkable plantation, supplementing his explanation of the coffee process with fascinating stories about the history of Costa Rica, the cool rendering of sugar from sugar cane, t...
By the time we got to North Fields Coffee plantation, the rain had stopped and we had a most interesting and informative 2 hours with Alan, who took us through every aspect of coffee production..from seed to drink...
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Don Olivo Chocolate Tour

La Fortuna de San Carlos
They gave us samples of a variety of fruits, taught us about Costa Rican agriculture, taught us how to squeeze and drink sugar cane (delicious), and finally how to grow, roast, grind and enjoy the finest chocolate.
We enjoyed an entertaining afternoon getting an education about the fruit trees, including tasting the fruits of these trees, Learned the history of chocolate and how the industry has evolved.
... exploring this amazing local place with its owner Geraldo (and Panda, his happy little dog :-)) : he explained us all about the fascinating cacao production and many other interesting crops and medicinal plants.
The tour of the cocoa tree plantation included sampling obviously the cocoa beans (so unexpected), but also different varieties of cocoa beans, and a whole host of other plants (many medicinal plants) that grow in...
On the jungle night walk we saw frogs, scorpions, porcupines, sleeping toucans, kinkajou, baby and mama sloth!! Easy walking for most any age, the coffee and chocolate were awesome.
Lots of interesting information about the history and production of coffee, presented in a very interesting and fun way, followed by looking for nocturnal animals and finding lots - we saw several kinkajous, which...
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Costa Rica Cooking

La Fortuna de San Carlos
This class was amazing and we will definitely use the recipes we learned again at home! Chef Scott and his staff are very knowledgeable, friendly, and made sure we had a very relaxing, fun and memorable evening.
From the freshly caught red snapper, which was grilled to perfection, to the gallo pinto, the patacones, platanos fritos and ceviche with shrimp, mahi mahi and tuna every meal was delcious and wonderfully presented.
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... in a very insightful and hands-on way, Geinar was also very enthusiastic and passionate about the wildlife within the cocoa plantation, and was great at answering questions and helping us take pictures up close.
He gave us a fascinating tour around the plantation - highlighting local wildlife and how cacoa beans grow, and then we got down to making the chocolate, which was insightful, entertaining and very hands on.

Carpe Chepe

San Jose
She showed us many places that we would have missed otherwise, got ice cream samples for everyone and even included a stop at a local coffee shop to reenergise and use the restrooms (the coffee was incredible!).
We had a great morning joining this tour.Amaral was a very knowledgeable,passionate local who took time sharing his city of San Jose with us.We had lots of wonderful food experiences att the central Market.
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Eden Chocolate Tour

La Fortuna de San Carlos
Our guides Cesar and Alberto were informative and very engaging, taking us on a tour from the cacao plantation, through the chocolate making process, to eating the chocolates we created.
We learned everything about chocolate including its history, plus growing and harvesting the beans, the process to make chocolate, the different varieties of chocolate and best of all we got to drink hot chocolate...

Don Juan Tours Arenal

La Fortuna de San Carlos
This was a last minute great experiance we ended up having a private tour and ended having a blast learned alot about cocoa and aboit diffrent frogs the guide was an amzing photographer and took amazing photos up...
She really created a memorable time for us from tasting cacao fruit, to creating our own chocolate bars and being involved in the whole creating Coffee from fruit to brew experience.

Rainforest Chocolate Tour

La Fortuna de San Carlos
You are able to try the nibs, drink the “nectar of the Gods” and given spoonfuls of melted chocolate and have an abundance of “toppings” to choose from such as sea salt, nuts, cinnamon, cardamom, hibiscus, extract...
Our guide Kevin discussed the history of chocolate, the showed us the trees and then led an interactive experience from opening the cacao pods through pounding, roasting and grinding the beans.
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The drive up to the tour was fabulous, beautiful countryside and a short trip to the nearest town for lunch brought us $2 smoothies and live music and dancing in the park! Do this tour!
Dennis is the best Coffee tour guide - he was fantastic.We enjoyed this tour and learned so much about the how painstaking, organic coffee is to grow.
Great buzz and food, excellent selection of beers and great cocktails too!! Definitely a MUST if you are in San Jose, it will change your perception of this city forever.
From the wonderful tamales to the fresh coconut and the delicious ice cream, it was beyond what I had hoped for and easily one of the best experiences I've had in Costa Rica.
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Don Juan Tours

Monteverde
We were pleasantly surprised also to discover the tour includes information on chocolate and sugar cane production and processing and we enjoyed the samples of both as well.
The tour guide was excellent and the tour moves at a good pace, while still giving solid information about coffee, chocolate, and sugar cane.
We will definitely be going back when in Liberia and we are anxiously anticipating to see their beers in the US! ¡Pura Vida!
Great craft brew, I sampled several and all were solid choices I feel like it's my lucky day
This knowledgeable, energetic, enthusiastic young man introduced us to the vibrant culture, history, and food of San Jose!
Pura Vida! Explore the art, food and history of San Jose
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If you have the option to enjoy a lunch I would highly recommend it - the staff create delicious meals (and the ginger tea is wonderful).
The chocolate tour is worth the entire trip, but the food at the restaurant was also amazing (I'm a vegetarian, and the cabbage leaves stuffed with mango were UN believable!) Luckily I stayed for 7 days.
Adriana is amazing, she is very knowledgeable about the culture and history, she does an awesome job at translating, and the restaurants and coffee shop we visited where great.
It was a very educational walk through the neighborhoods where we learned some history and other interesting information, and then we were treated to several eclectic gourmet type meals that were SO delicious.
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La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
It’s near fantastic vegan food too, Grab a Buddha bowl or açaí bowl with fresh fruit and granola while you’re out there.
Speaking of which, the Grand Paradise Bar and restaurant down by the beach, is a great place for a drink, or some delicious Caribbean food - especially the chicken fajitas.
Stopped in on our way into San Jose before our flight the following morning and was impressed by the friendly service, good food, and excellent variety and quality of the craft beer.
If you are in Ciudad Colon, this is a great stop!

La Iguana Chocolate

Santiago de Puriscal
If you want to experience chocolate making while learning about cacao farming and the history of chocolate, have a wonderful time, and taste some delicious things, this is for you!
... made, a hot chocolate drink, chocolate cookies, a free small chocolate bar, lots of chocolate to try throughout, and you get to create your own chocolate by choosing the % of cocoa, milk, cocoa butter, and sugar.
Our guide Carlin was very knowledgeable and friendly, showing us dozens of flowers, spices and native medicinal plants along with monkeys and a sloth in the trees.
Some surprises, especially how Chinese families took over the plantations in the late 19th century and how fruit produced (mainly bananas) competed with chocolate in same region.
Finca Cristina is a family-run organic coffee farm offering daily tours from 14:00 - 16:30, taking you round the production process from growing, through harvesting, milling and roasting.
Also we enjoyed the warm and friendly atmosphere at Cafe Cristina and are looking forward to tasting the fresh coffee we bought at home.
Dina (beach location) had great suggestions and was so so sweet, and Erick (brewery) was so accomodating and super fun to chat with!! Food at the beach location was great and was the perfect place to watch the sun...
We stayed at the occidental for 7 days every night we went to volcano brewing on the beach to watch the sunset to enjoy a great craft beer!
He drove us to Arenal pointing out wildlife, stopping when we needed, connecting our music and sharing the culture and history of CR.
On the hour and a half trip to Los Suenos he filled us in on Costa Rican culture, industry, tourism and ecology.
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We then learnt the whole process of making chocolate and cocoa butter including the history of cacao, the economics of the trade and the benefits of this fermented food.
Bob was really interesting and talked us through the entire chocolate process stage by stage, performing each stage as he went along with a sample of cocoa beans.
What a fantastic place to enjoy a fantastic food in a beautiful restaurant with beautiful atmosphere of rain forest garden.
Great place to pick up fresh-roasted Costa Rican Coffee.
... 2 nights really beautiful place wilmar was very good on describing all the different types of climates on the way he is very professional and I would recommend his services if you are in the playa flamingo area.
He always went above and beyond to stop if the family had special requests for fruit, food, or even games to play while at the house.
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A great variety of local vendors with everything from fresh produce, local coffee, chocolate, honey, jewelry and so much more!!
The Farmer's Market runs every Saturday morning, with a variety of merchants - some offering handmade goods, others offering a variety of food, and some selling fresh fruits and vegetables.
They also had a large number of booths of prepared food including several vegan options.
Ths is a 5 minute walk (below main street level) from the Hotel Aranjuez in the Aranjuez neighborhood of San Jose.