Trace the tasty history of three of Costa Rica's most decadent crops on this combo coffee, chocolate, and sugar cane tour in Monteverde. Get a hands-on lesson in how raw coffee cherries, cacao beans, and sugar cane are transformed into a variety of products using traditional methods, and taste the delicious results with plenty of samples.
Combo coffee, cacao, and sugar cane tour in Monteverde
Learn the history behind three of Costa Rica's popular agricultural exports
Follow the journey of the coffee bean from cultivation through roasting
Transform raw cacao beans into velvety chocolate using traditional methods
Includes tastings of fresh brewed coffee, chocolate products, and pure sugar cane juice
Take your pick from four daily departure times, and begin the day with pickup at your Monteverde hotel. Begin with an exploration of Costa Rica's beloved caffeinated export on a coffee tour, where you’ll trace the history of the crop and how it became such an important part of the tiny nation’s socioeconomic development. Learn how ripe coffee cherries are picked, and hear the stories of the migratory workers who play such an important role in the harvesting process. If touring during harvest season (usually November to February), try your own hand at coffee picking. Then, see how the raw cherries are transformed into aromatic brew with stops at the depulping machine, drying patio, storage warehouse, and coffee roaster. If you like, take a ride on a typical ox cart for a sense of how coffee farmers historically traveled. Finally, complete the journey with a steaming cup of freshly brewed coffee and a snack at the farm’s La Casona restaurant. Once properly caffeinated, you'll next learn about another celebrated Central American crop on a chocolate tour. See how cacao beans are roasted, separated, and ground into smooth, rich chocolate using traditional methods. After participating in this process, taste the finished product in various forms including a velvety drink and solid chocolate flavored with spices or coffee. End your tasting experience on a sweet note with a look at Costa Rica’s sugar cane industry. Learn how to extract sugarcane juice from the reeds, and then enjoy a glass of the pure, sweet liquid along with pieces of raw sugarcane.
Excellent, detailed tour of coffee, chocolate and sugar cane. Very friendly place of business! As much as you can drink coffee as well as some chocolate samples and trying sugar cane juice. We even got to meet Don Juan himself and take photos with him. He was genuinely happy we visited and excited to meet us! We ended up with a private tour since we went in the shoulder season end of May. Easy to drive to if you choose not to have them pick you up at your hotel.