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Britt Coffee Tour and Chocolate Tasting from San Jose

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San José, Costa Rica
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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Treat your taste buds to a sampling of Costa Rica’s famed coffee paired with gourmet chocolate on this half-day tour of the Café Britt coffee plantation. See firsthand how this sustainable, gourmet producer grows, harvests, and roasts coffee beans to create the perfect aromatic cup. Visit the on-site coffee bar to taste several of Café Britt’s different roasts, accompanied by chocolate. Round out the day with a farm-fresh buffet lunch of traditional Costa Rican cuisine at the plantation restaurant.
  • Half-day tour of the Café Britt coffee farm and factory
  • See how gourmet coffee beans are grown and harvested on a sustainable plantation
  • Gain insight into how beans are roasted, packaged and graded into various levels of quality
  • Sample three coffees, accompanied by chocolate
  • Learn about the history and culture of coffee in Costa Rica
  • Lunch and round-trip air-conditioned minivan transport from most San Jose hotels included
Professional guide
Coffee plantation tour
Lunch
Coffee and chocolate samples
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities

Departure Point

San José Province, San José, Costa Rica

Traveler pickup is offered
On the arrival at the hotel the tour guide is going to ask in the reception of the hotel for the client

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Costa Rica's climate and mineral-rich volcanic soil help produce excellent coffee favored around the globe. Your caffeinated tour begins with pickup at your San Jose hotel in the morning, followed by a short, scenic drive to the charming town of Barva de Heredia. This is the home of Café Britt, the first gourmet coffee producer in Costa Rica.

Start the morning off right with tastings of two different estate coffees paired with chocolate bites. Embark on a coffee plantation tour to learn about the history of coffee growing in Costa Rica and hear from experts how the best beans make the journey from earth to cup. Visit the roastery for an insider’s look at how beans are carefully roasted to bring out their flavor and then packaged and shipped to coffee lovers all around the world. 

After your tour, savor a buffet lunch of locally sourced dishes at the on-site restaurant, surrounded by lovely garden scenery. Round out your meal with a hot beverage of your choice from Café Britt’s coffee bar, paired with more delicious chocolate.

You’ll have a chance to browse the factory store and purchase a bag or two of beans to take home before the return drive to San Jose.
Itinerary
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After morning pickup from your San Jose hotel, travel north with your guide for about seven miles (12 km) toward Heredia, the smallest of Costa Rica’s provinces, dotted with charming towns, coffee plantations and dense vegetation. Head up winding roads to the tiny town of Barva de Heredia and arrive at Café Britt, one of the country’s most well-known coffee producers. Founded in 1985, Café Britt boasts itself as Costa Rica’s first gourmet coffee roaster. Kick off your 1.5-hour tour of the sustainable coffee farm with tastings of two freshly produced coffees, along with bites of chocolate. At the nursery, watch a live presentation that traces the coffee beans’ growing cycle and selection process. Hear about how the country’s unique climate and diverse terrain provide ideal conditions for cultivating gourmet-quality beans. At the roastery, get a behind-the-scenes look at Café Britt’s various roasting and packaging techniques that allow the beans to stay fresh as they’re delivered anywhere in the world. Learn about how experts ‘break the cup’ or ‘cup’ coffee to identify and grade the quality of coffee. By now the heady aromas will surely have worked up your appetite; walk over to the on-site restaurant located amid lush gardens. With traditional music playing in the background, enjoy a buffet lunch made from locally sourced ingredients, including salad, several main course options (vegetarian dish available), dessert, fruit juices and water. What better way to wrap up a meal at a coffee plantation than visiting its coffee bar? Sip a coffee beverage of your choice, paired with chocolate. Then, stroll through the factory store and pick up coffee to take home (shipping is available) before boarding your minivan that takes you back to San Jose.
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is recommended that you wear long pants, comfortable shoes and bring a jacket and a camera
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 99 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line Tours Costa Rica

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Britt Coffee Tour and Chocolate Tasting from San Jose?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Britt Coffee Tour and Chocolate Tasting from San Jose.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Britt Coffee Tour and Chocolate Tasting from San Jose?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Britt Coffee Tour and Chocolate Tasting from San Jose.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Britt Coffee Tour and Chocolate Tasting from San Jose?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Britt Coffee Tour and Chocolate Tasting from San Jose.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Britt Coffee Tour and Chocolate Tasting from San Jose?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Britt Coffee Tour and Chocolate Tasting from San Jose.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Britt Coffee Tour and Chocolate Tasting from San Jose?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 99 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Britt Coffee Tour and Chocolate Tasting from San Jose.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Book all site seeing trips with this company, great service and would use again." See review
  • "It is very close to San Jose and only a few hours of your day!" See review
  • "I opted for the hotel pick-up/drop-off which was very convenient and the driver was very friendly." See review

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Fun and interesting
Val
, Mar 2020
This was a fun and interesting excursion. First of all our driver Johnny, was funny, friendly and personable. The guides at the coffee plantation should have their own comedy act. They were both very knowledgeable and funny. This also included a very nice buffet lunch and lots of coffee to taste. I definitely recommended this
star-5
From light roast to dark roast
Kenneth_S
, Mar 2020
Maria did a wonderful job guiding us thriough the world of coffee.The buffet lunch acceptable.The store staff were helpful.
star-5
A well-organized and informative few hours
Amber_J
, Feb 2020
This coffee tour is highly recommended for anyone looking for an informative, fun, and well-organized half day excursion close to to San Jose. First, my friend and I were picked up and dropped off from our hotel in Santa Ana in a timely fashion. Then, we had a pleasant time learning about the Costa Rican coffee production process. Our guides were hilarious and clearly knew what they were talking about. The production values on this tour are amazingly high! Also, there are samples of coffee everywhere. The lunch provided was a well-prepared and just the right amount of food as well. Also, if you are looking to practice your Spanish comprehension, then this tour is also a win because it is conducted in both English and Spanish. Although obviously run by Britt Coffee, we didn't feel like the tour was overwhelmed by the product placement--you will learn a lot about coffee production here.
star-5
Entertaining and informative
robinsieguzi
, Feb 2020
We enjoyed this tour very much. It was entertaining and informative. The two young women who guided us, Maria and (I don’t remember the other one’s name), have obviously rehearsed their routine many times, but they were still apparently enjoying it which made it enjoyable for us. There is lots of opportunity to taste various coffees and a basic but perfectly adequate hot lunch was included. Highly recommended.
star-5
Funny guides
Guide642212
, Jul 2019
The guides were funny and very informative. Would take the tour as part of another tour. Or do this alone and know you'll have plenty of time to do something after.
star-5
Very informative
rainycreekfarm
, Oct 2018
Thank you Maria and your sidekick for a very informative, funny, and artistic presention! Loved the coffee and lunch was a bonus!! Grounds are beautiful.Sheryl from Seattle Washington, coffee freaks everywhere
star-4
This was a really fun and...
Stuart A
, Mar 2018
This was a really fun and informative tour. I opted for the hotel pick-up/drop-off which was very convenient and the driver was very friendly. This tour had two guides who were funny and spoke in both English and Spanish. Would definitely recommend.
star-5
The tour and guides were very...
Arrena S
, Feb 2018
The tour and guides were very informative. There were multiple tastings along the way to experience the variety of coffee blends! The guides were entertaining and took you through the entire coffee growing experience! The lunch was good and included, but purchasing a cold coffee drink was absolutely amazing! Highly recommend this. It is very close to San Jose and only a few hours of your day!
star-5
The tour guides were hilarious and very...
Felicita P
, Feb 2018
The tour guides were hilarious and very knowledgeable. It was one of my favorite tours!
star-3
This 'tour' was much shorter than I...
leah.morgan75
, Jan 2018
This 'tour' was much shorter than I had anticipated and was more just hype to get you to buy from the VERY large store that the guides conveniently dropped you at when the tour had finished. That being said, they guides were awesome and kept my interest the whole time. I just wish that their could have been more practical learning we never even actually got to see a coffee plantation, everything was just staged.

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