• A proper cup of coffee

    A proper cup of coffee

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  • El Trapiche Coffee Tour, Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, Costa Rica

    Views of Monteverde on the El Trapiche Coffee Tour, Costa Rica

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  • El Trapiche Coffee Tour, Monteverde, Costa Rica

    El Trapiche Coffee Tour, Monteverde, Costa Rica

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  • El Trapiche Coffee Tour, Monteverde, Costa Rica

    El Trapiche Coffee Tour, Monteverde, Costa Rica

    © TEdwards

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Cup of coffee?

Take a coffee plantation tour in Costa Rica and see the process of farming coffee from start to finish.

Learn about coffee in Costa Rica

Coffee is an important part of life in Costa Rica. It has played a major role in both the social and economic history of this small, and beautiful country.

Coffee is usually the welcome drink of choice for visitors to a Costa Rican home, often accompanied by local pastries or empanadas. It is enjoyed throughout the day from the morning cup to kickstart your day to a gentle post siesta refreshment right through to an after-dinner drink to finish off your meal.

If you are a coffee lover or fancy yourself as a connoisseur then a tour of one of the country's many plantations is a must to gain an appreciation for this humble drink, seldom will you get to taste a fresher cup of java.


  • Learn the process of coffee from seed to cup
  • Enjoy a tasting at the end of your tour
  • A coffee tour is must for all coffee lovers
  • Purchase some coffee to take home
  • Gain an appreciation for coffee and its place in local culture
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El Trapiche Coffee Tour, Monteverde, Costa Rica © TEdwards

Did you know...?

100% of Costa Rica's coffee is produced from arabica beans.

Where to go

There are coffee plantations throughout Costa Rica. The climate in the central highlands, stretching north from San Jose to Monteverde, is ideal for growing coffee and you will find an abundance of plantations here producing award-winning coffee, many of them offering tours. If you would like to stay on a coffee plantation, Finca de la Rosa, near San Jose would be a good choice.

How to do it

Most places offer coffee tours at scheduled times. We can easily incorporate a tour into your itinerary if you wish and tie it in with the routing of your trip. Some are better than others, so just let us know and we can offer our first-hand advice.

When to go

Coffee tours are held all year round. Harvest time varies slightly between regions, but as a general rule it’s between November and March. At these times you may even get to have a go at picking the fruits yourself.