Starting at $35 per night

Overview

Coffee has long been the pride of Costa Rica, deeply rooted in its history and culture. The most prized coffees are found close to the equator and need an elevation equivalent to that of Monteverde to produce the best balance of flavor and acidity. The coffee tour at Don Juan’s coffee farm will give you a hands-on experience from picking to drinking coffee as you discover the secrets of growing this tantalizing elixir. An added bonus includes an interactive cacao and sugar cane processing demonstration with more opportunities to overload your senses through touch, smell and tasting these powerful aphrodisiacs.

As the popularity of coffee grew worldwide in the 1800s, the Costa Rican government granted land to farmers who would be willing to grow coffee. From these small farms flourished the wealth of a country as coffee farmers transformed into prominent members of society creating a more populist government. The first railroads were built to transport coffee to ports and the construction of the famed National Theater is attributed to the financial success of coffee production (and consumption!).

You’ll sip coffee as the tour starts with an introduction to the coffee plant, its life cycle and the stories of the workers who grow and pick the coffee cherries. During harvest season (November to February) you will be invited to pick coffee from the low bushy trees growing in rich volcanic soil as you leisurely stroll along a paved walkway through the plantation’s rolling hills.

From the field you will go to a covered area to view a demonstration of the traditional process for washing and removing the pulp from the bean. Next you will visit the Drying Patio and help spread the beans to dry in the sun. Then it’s off to the warehouse to see how the beans are stored in breathable sacks to complete their aging process before being roasted. You will have the option of riding in a typical oxcart the way farmers traveled in the past bringing their coffee to market. The oxen are pretty amazing.

Now that you know all about coffee, you’ll go on a 30 minute cacao tour, seeing the cacao growing right off the trunks of the trees, tasting the fruit and participating in the process of making chocolate. Following the rich aroma you’ll work your way from sampling the nutritious nibs to the decadence of chocolate confectionaries. You can choose a variety of options to mix in your chocolate tasting experience such as raisins, nuts and the ever popular hot chili pepper.

But your tour is not over yet! This Costa Rican cultural experience would not be complete without learning how sugar, a major world export, is processed from sugar cane. You will assist your guide running raw sugarcane through a mill called a trapiche to extract the juice in the way it was done in the olden days. You’ll learn how to make raw cane juice, an ever popular dietary staple, and flavor it with ginger or lemon or both. And, of course, you’ll be sampling your creations.

This is truly more than a “coffee tour” providing a hands-on approach to demonstrate how farmers have produced coffee, sugar and chocolate from raw resources in the traditional way. You may even meet Don Juan himself adding even more authenticity to your experience. This tour has been given the Certification for Sustainable Tourism award for being a model of natural, cultural and social sustainability. Admission, snacks, samples, bilingual guide and round trip transportation included in this 3 hour educational tour.

What to Bring

  • Insect Repellent
  • Camera
  • Sturdy Shoes
  • And Rain Gear

Location and Availability

The Coffee Tour is available from Monteverde

Tour Times

  • 8:00am
  • 10:00am
  • 1:00pm
  • 3:00pm

Tour Type

  • Nature
  • Learning Family
  • Culture

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

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Reviews

  • Overall 93.6% (89 Guest Ratings)
  • Experience: 93.1%
  • Expectations: 92.9%
  • Guides: 94.8%
  • Logistics: 93.6%
  • Value: 93.1%

09/17/2018

Thought this was going to be the boring activity -- get a quick tour then a lot of sampling while they tried to sell their product. NOT the case. Very good guide (Allison) and it turned out to be on par with the zip line and spelunking.

08/01/2018

Would have liked more detail about different ways that the coffee is treated

07/20/2018

Honestly I thought this tour would be a bit hokey and kind of a repeat of what we learned when we toured a coffee plantation on Kauai a few years ago. There the experience was about the growing cycle, a hike and tasting a ton of great blends. This tour was all about the process from sprout to roast to cup and added in a great deal about growing different kinds of fruit, sugarcane and chocolate and processing those as well. The tour had a good variety, we got to ride in a traditional ox cart AND meet the actual Don Juan and get some pictures with him. We had a great time and learned a lot and were glad we had included this tour on our itinerary.

07/08/2018

We enjoyed this tour. the mix of information and history on the production of coffee and chocolate was really fun. the guide did a great job (turns out it was his first tour, which we discovered at the end), but he was very fun and personable.

06/20/2018

Lots of great information and samples. I'm still eating the marvelous chocolate!

06/16/2018

This was actually turned out to be a coffee, chocolate and sugar cane tour. A little commercialized at the start and the chocolate tour in Monteverde was a better but we did learn a lot and enjoyed it.

04/29/2018

Unfortunately the least exciting bit of our holiday. The guide warmed up towards the end but seemed a bit uninterested at first. Wouldn’t have minded not doing this in the end.

02/09/2018

Guide was also very good. Learned much about coffee and chocolate!

01/21/2018

Very nice tour. Learned a lot. Great guide.

09/05/2017

I learned a lot on this tour!

08/23/2017

Excellent tour and great coffee

05/09/2017

Would have been better during coffee harvesting season, but learned a lot regarding coffee, chocolate, and sugar cane.

04/13/2017

The guide spoke to fast, rattled off the info in a memorized, mechanical way and did not engage us.
Info and samples was great!
Thought we would actually get to see coffee fields not just the after picking process.

04/02/2017

I thought it included a visit to working coffee plantation, but the guide was super funny, overall good experience.

03/06/2017

Very informative.

03/05/2017

Interesting information. I could have used more time.

02/24/2017

Guide explained and demonstrated the coffee, sugar cane and chocolate process very well

02/19/2017

We were fortunate to have both a fun and knowledgeable guide combined with a fun and interesting tour group. Our most enjoyable tour.

01/25/2017

Even though slatted as a coffee, chocolate and sugar cane tour, this tour was more focused on the coffee aspect. Did the chocolate tour at Arenal and was glad we'd done both.

01/18/2017

Very very nice experience.

11/21/2016

Very knowledgeable and friendly guide. Loved the tour!

10/22/2016

This was one of my favorite tours. Very knowledgeable staff. Lots of snacks along the way and we got to meet Don Juan

07/12/2016

"Kristal" did a top notch job with our tour. We all loved her...she engaged everyone! Loved meeting Señor Juan.

05/23/2016

Great info and guide. Learned a lot about coffee and coco. Beautiful place as well.

03/25/2016

Very fun and a good change of pace.

03/17/2016

We loved the coffee tour (also toured the sugar cane and chocolate sections). Again, it was just us and the tour guide. The guide was amazing, very informative, energetic, and very interactive, but this may have been because there were only 2 of us. I would definitely recommend doing this tour earlier rather than later in the day.

02/13/2016

This tour was absolutely fabulous and I would recommend it highly. We had the tour guide to ourselves and he was very knowledgable and had a great sense of humor. I learned so much about coffee and chocolate and sugar cane!!!

02/12/2016

Chocolate we also included in this tour. Would be good to include this in your promotional materials. As usual, the guide was fantastic - very knowledgeable.

01/29/2016

Enjoyed it greatly!

01/21/2016

We really enjoyed this tour. Our guide was great and knowledgeable. We loved it!

01/10/2016

Great tour and we got to meet 'Don Juan'!

12/22/2015

Tour guide was excellent . Knowledgeable, great sense of humor. Tour exceeded my expectation.

11/23/2015

love that it is a small plantation, not a huge corporation and completely organic - should be advertised more this way!

03/16/2015

Excellent!

02/25/2015

Way exceeded expectations. Simply outstanding. Our guide Hairo was great!

12/23/2014

Fun tour. Great coffee.

12/19/2014

Special Thanks to this tour Guide:)