Hundreds of years ago, the Europeans came to Costa Rica. They hoped to find gold there. That did not work out, but they did find another valuable product: coffee beans. In no time, the country became big in the production and trade of these dark beans.
Did you know that, after oil, coffee is the most traded product in the world? Right. Read that again. Coffee is the first thing most of us think of right after we wake up.
During a visit to a traditional coffee plantation in Costa Rica you will find out how your favorite product is produced.
There are two types of coffee beans: arabica and robusta. The Arabica is creamy and smooth with rich and sweet notes. The robusta coffee is more bitter and has a stronger coffee taste. Most people like arabica the best, these beans are therefore the most cultivated.
The robusta coffee plants are mainly found in Africa and Asia, whereas the popular Arabica is mainly from South and Central America. In Costa Rica, some areas have been voted the best coffee plantations in the world!
Edventure Travel works together with a number of small villages in Costa Rica where you can visit a traditional coffee plantation. In the video (shot by Edventure intern Marieke Schouten) you can see the process. But you can also experience this yourself during a coffee tour. See below where you can best do this!
Visit the plantation, learn about the process and experience how the beans are processed. Of course you can taste different types of coffee. Judge for yourself whether it is indeed the best in the world!
A nice plus plus is that you sponsor a small community through participating in these rural activities.