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“Get your beans hot off the roaster!”

El Toledo Coffee Tour
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Atenas
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Owner description: We are a sustainable organic coffee farm. We have been using sustainably organic practices for over fourteen years. Today we are happy to consider ourselves environmentalists first, and coffee farmers second.
Atenas, Costa Rica
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25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Get your beans hot off the roaster!”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

The views are spectacular from this coffee farm, and with the apartments they rent, you can see for ever with morning coffee. The family loves the earth, and does not use chemicals for their coffee. And, you are always feeling like you are part of their family while you are there enjoying the tortillas and café negro.

Visited March 2013
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Ruskin, Florida
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“Educational & Fun”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

This tour was one of the highlights of our trip to Costa Rica. Gabriel was so knowledgable and pleasant and we learned so much about organic farming that we did not realize. Not only did we see many coffee plants on the tour but we also were able to sample many of the fruits that were inter mingling with the coffee plants. When we returned to the farmhouse, we met Gabriel's mother (by the way, it was Mother's Day) and she brewed up various strengths of coffee for us to sample. They were all delicious and enjoyable. At the roasting machine, we met Gabriel's dad who was a real charmer (and funny enough, he was the spitting image of Juan Valdez). All in all, we would highly recommend this tour!! Lots of photos and wonderful memories. Thanks Gabriel from Susie & Irv Frey!.

Visited August 2013
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Western Pa.
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93 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Don't miss it.”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

The overall experience was wonderful. Gabriel knows his stuff and shares it with you during the tour. It began with a him relating to us the history of the business that he has inherited from his grandfather. The discussion focused on his organic approach to gardening and why he believes it is the right way to go. After the discussion we were provided with a coffee tasting session. Gabriel's wife assisted him in this and also provided some finger foods to sample. Upon completion of the coffee tasting, Gabriel gave us a tour of the farm. Having enjoyed coffee for many years it was a real education to learn how this fruit ultimately ends up in my cup at home. Along the way Gabriel pointed out the many ways in which organic gardening works in harmony with the natural environment. An additional treat was sampling the various fruits that are growing naturally on the farm. The only downside to the entire day was not being able to have lunch with Gabriel's aunt. Gabriel even lent me a poncho to use as it was raining after the tour. I would highly recommend the tour to all, even non-tree huggers like myself. Great job Gabriel.

Visited August 2013
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Tollhouse CA
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19 reviews
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“Amazing truly organic coffee tour”
Reviewed August 13, 2013

We took the El Toledo Coffee Tour on our recent stay in Atenas. Wow! We will never drink another cup of coffee without thinking about Gabriel and his wife Yvette. Gabriel does a very good job of explaining what it means to be organic and what it means to take it to the next level! We enjoyed the economic discussion, the roasting of the beans, and the blind taste test of the light, medium, and dark roast beans. We then went on a tour of the farm. Gabriel explained the whole process of growing coffee beans and let us taste many of the fruits that grow on the farm. We both left with a whole new appreciation of organic coffee growing in a sustainable way! It was very thought provoking and an amazing way to start our vacation in Costa Rica. They were even sweet enough to pose for pictures Thank you Gabriel and Yvette!!

Visited July 2013
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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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28 reviews
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“Great coffee tour”
Reviewed August 13, 2013

Great tour to learn about real organic farming, eat some delicious fruit along the walk and test your coffee tasting skills at the end with a nice tasting. Very easy to find with the GPS coordinates, written in a review below. Gabriel, the host, is really passionate and welcoming.

Visited August 2013
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