Admittedly, without a cup of coffee each morning, and many more throughout the day, most of the world’s activity would simply grind to a halt. Folks that keep statistics on these sorts of things, specifically the International Coffee Organization, say that humans drink about two billion cups of coffee a day.
I don’t drink that much coffee (I prefer my caffeine from Dr. Pepper) but I love the smell of roasted coffee beans, which is one reason why our trip to Costa Rica was so enjoyable. Costa Rica is one of the top ten coffee growing countries in the world, producing about 240 million pounds each year.
When you visit Costa Rica, you really should tour a coffee plantation in one of the eight coffee growing regions. The rich volcanic soil, lots of rain and and a year-round growing season are perfect for growing arabica coffee beans, the only kind of beans grown in Costa Rica.
Sustainable Coffee Plantation Tours
We visited Finca Rosa Blanca, a boutique hotel and coffee farm about 30 miles from the capital of San Jose. Located at 4,000 feet above sea level, the inn and its 40 acres of tree-shade-grown hard bean coffee are certified sustainable by the Costa Rica National Organization for Coffee. A stay here focuses on stewardship of the environment and the integrity of the coffee culture.
Owners Glenn and Teri Jampol, who moved to Costa Rica from New York in 1985 and now hold dual citizenship, hope guests receive an understanding of the history of coffee trade and production, as well as how to discern the distinct flavors of various blends of coffee beans. Guests may pick their own berries, clean and dry the beans and roast and package their very own blend.
Or, if you don’t want to get your hands dirty, sign up for one of the daily “cupping” sessions with expert barristers and coffee guides on lovely decks over looking the coffee fields and the volcanoes beyond.
Finca Rosa Blanca was the first boutique hotel in Costa Rica to receive a 100 percent ranking in sustainability.
Coffee harvest in the San Jose growing region runs roughly October to January. The Costa Rica Coffee Institute (ICAFE) is located approximately five miles from Finca Rosa Blanca in Santa Barbara de Heredia. The organization is a good source for other coffee tours in Costa Rica.