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“A chocolately hidden gem!”

Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Caribeans is the origninal bean-to-bar chocolate factory in Puerto Viejo. Chocolate is made right in the cacao forest. Tours of our factory include: all-you-can-eat gourmet chocolate, the chocolate forest hike, and the "see how we do it" factory tour. Regular tours are Monday 10 am, Tuesday10 & 2, Thursday 10 & 2, Friday2 pm, and Saturday 2 pm. No reservations required. We also have a full service coffee and chocolate shop. Our coffee is fresh roasted farm to cup and delicious. Our chocolate is all hand made and organic. Fresh smoothies, sandwiches, ice cream and much more.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Food available for purchase
Reviewed May 26, 2013

Because this place is owned by real people and not a corporation, you can really sense the passion these guys have for their craft. Paul is constantly improving the process and Jeff and his wife were very gracious in taking us to their tree top platform and doing a tasting party. It is such a neat idea. We also got to tour the factory with Jean and see the refining process. The hike up the mountain gets you a bit sweaty and you have to remember your bug spray but it is totally worth it. I also saw some green and red frogs and many parrots and Montezuma birds.

Thank Christina C
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

We stopped here during a bike ride to the Jaguar Rescue Center mainly because Jack Johnson was playing out of the speakers and there appeared to be a few Americans inside hanging out. This is a coffee roaster/chocolate shop with a yoga studio upstairs called Om Yoga. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. We met one of the owners, Jean, who is originally from the Midwest and she convinced us to return for the chocolate tour. When we did, we were greeted by Paul, her husband, and taken on an extensive tour of their cacao farm/forest and production facility. It was quite a trek complete with mosquitoes and fire ants but completely worth it!!! It was informative, interesting and honestly, inspiring. What they have built and accomplished so far is really phenomenal and I can't wait to see what more is to come from their efforts. The chocolate they produce is delicious as well!!!!

Thank Laura N
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

We had a great time at the Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate. True genuine experience including in depth knowledgeable tour guiding of fruits, forests, reptils and, of course, chocolate and chocolate production. Tasting took place on a beautiful platform with excellent sea view, and included various kinds of chocolates, herbs and a chocolate drink. The entire visit felt personal and caring.

Thank AWG546
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

You will not be disappointed by the chocolate and coffee they sell here. We did not do the tour, but stopped in to the coffee tasting room and were able to sample several varieties. One cool thing about the chocolate is that in addition to having different flavors (herb, spices, etc), they also have bars that you can buy based on chocolate from different farms.

The coffee we brought home and gave to family and friends - everyone has really enjoyed it. We plan on ordering online and shipping to the US.

Thank fortenba
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

I have to say that I wasn't really sure what we were getting into when my daughter suggested Paul's chocolate tour, but it was a really entertaining and educational afternoon. Do be prepared to hike and dress appropriately as you will climb up to the "farm". Paul's knowledge of cacao and the processing. of chocolate is amazing and his inventions made us smile. I have done wine-tastings many times, but never a chocolate tasting. That was a lot of fun and very tasty! The panoramic view from the top of the farm was well worth the little walk uphill.

Thank Californianawic
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