Jan 01, 2001
Dec 28, 2010
Paid the bill this morning and managed to fill and empty water tanks before setting off for Café Britt Finca. This is one of the main coffee exporters who also run a tour of how coffee is produced. The weather today is terrible with quite heavy rain so we were not sure if the tour would go ahead; as it was they have a contingency plan and basically show it all in a theatre. The tour consisted of a couple of bi-lingual presenters telling us about coffee from the first planting of the seeds, through picking to finally packing the roasted beans. I did not realize there was so much work involved, especially since most of the work is done by hand. The presentation was in the form of a light entertainment show and was very good. After the show we then went to the factory to see the machines they actually use, these are in some beautifully landscaped grounds with all the different fruit trees they grow in Costa Rica. From here it was back for a buffet lunch, also very enjoyable. This was followed by a coffee making lesson. They showed us how to make some six different kinds of coffee from espresso to latte, some with coffee liquor, and some with ice cream. This also included the chance to make them ourselves and then try them. Obviously the tour finished with a visit to the shop, but the prices are reasonable. From here we drove to Volcan Poas where we hoped to stop for the night, unfortunately at the gates there was no room to park so we drove back down the hill about 4 kms and are now parked in front of a restaurant and the rain is still pouring down.