To truly understand Costa Rica’s connection to the popular brew, a coffee tour is an excellent place to start. A traditional tour will begin with the history of coffee worldwide before guiding visitors through a farm to follow the process from seed to bean to cup.
A Coffeetour is a must-see experience in Costa Rica.
The best coffee-growing regions feature high altitude and volcanic soils that create an ideal climate for the plants. In Costa Rica, those conditions aren’t hard to find.
Orosi, a historic village in the Central Valley, has been producing coffee for more than 150 years. There are cafetales (coffee farms) in mountainous towns and regions such as Tarrazú, Tres Ríos, Valle Occidental, Valle Central Brunca , Turrialba and the Orosi Valley. Each region will claim that their coffee is the best in Costa Rica, but it really all comes down to personal preference.
By law, virtually all coffee grown in Costa Rica is arabica, meaning it comes from the Coffea arabica plant first found in the Middle East.
Regardless of where in the country the plants are grown, when coffee berries are ripe, they’re harvested by hand.
The milled beans are bagged and exported. If the coffee is staying in Costa Rica, they’ll be toasted and packaged for sale. And if the beans have been processed as part of your tour, the guide might roast, grind and brew the freshest cup of coffee you’ve ever had.