This experience allows for an intimate glimpse inside one of the most important aspects that defines Costa Rica as the strongest nation in all of Central America. Coffee cultivation has been the primary source of income for many Costa Rican families since the turn of the 19th century. You'll visit a 670-acre cooperative farm owned by more than 2,300 farmers of who 60% are women. Each member contributes almost 10 acres of land to the coop. The coffee that they cultivate and produce is sold directly to one of the largest coffee companies in the world, Starbucks. This coffee is also purchased by Rainforest Alliance, an organization that focuses on the conservation of biodiversity and sustainable development. You'll experience first-hand the coffee roasting process and have the chance to sample the flavorful brewing. Also see how the coffee beans, also known as cherries, are picked, sorted, peeled, fermented and sun-dried. Learn many interesting facts that will change your appreciation for this highly consumed beverage. Feel free to browse the selection of hand-made souvenirs before returning to your ship. The last stop will be at Chaverri Oax Cart factory at Sarchi to see artisans at their work and then enjoy a delicious typical Costa Rican lunch.
Note: Minimum amount of walking over even surface and some steps. For wheelchair restricted customers, advance notice is required, since not all the buses in Costa Rica are equipped with ramps. Wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen, a hat and bring a camera and a light jacket.
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The bus ride was exceptional, lots to see on our drive. We really enjoyed the tour of the coffee plantation. Not overwhelming with a lot of facts, you could see how much they enjoy their jobs. Nice gift shop for souvenirs. The lunch was great....they provided sufficient time to see the cart factory and shop.