The Best Coffee Tours and Tastings in Costa Rica

Learn all about coffee in Costa Rica
Learn all about coffee in Costa Rica | © David Wingate / Alamy Stock Photo
Jenn Parker

Costa Rica is known worldwide for its delicious coffee, with some 1.5m bags of the bean exported every year. If you love a cup of joe and want to find out more, schedule a visit to one of the Fairtrade and environmentally conscious coffee farms in the country. Here’s our pick of the best.

Want to try delicious Costa Rican coffee directly from its source? With Culture Trip, you can enjoy a coffee tasting session at the Doka coffee collective as part of our exclusive nine-day Costa Rica tour, led by our local insider.

1. Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Farm and Inn

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

An airy sitting area at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Farm and Inn, with tropical murals, a water feature and wood ceilings
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Finca Rosa Blanca is a coffee plantation and a boutique hotel dedicated to producing the highest quality and most environmentally friendly organic coffee. Indeed, the farm is certified organic and sustainable by the Costa Rica Coffee Institute, Kiwa BCS and the Rainforest Alliance. You can take a coffee tour whether you’re staying at the hotel or just come up for the day. The farm also grows other organic crops, such as mangos, guavas, limes, water apples, bananas, plantains and oranges. It’s a great tour if you’re interested in organic and sustainable farming and coffee.

2. Bella Tica Monteverde

Cafe, Coffee

Bella Tica sits in the highest region of Monteverde. This family-owned business is passionate about producing exquisite coffee that is not harmful to the environment or consumers. Indeed, its coffee is certified organic, sustainably produced, bird-friendly and even packaged in recycled and biodegradable materials. It offers a 1.5-hour tour that includes a coffee tasting and a snack, providing a great opportunity to learn about sustainable and ecofriendly coffee production.

3. El Toledo

Cafe, Coffee

Ripe coffee beans (coffea arabica) on a coffee bush in Aquires, Costa Rica, with leaves that show coffee rust.
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For the past 20 years, El Toledo has been producing incredible organic coffee in harmony with nature and acquiring a wealth of information and new practices to continue making the best coffee without harming the planet. Take a tour of El Toledo to learn about its innovative and ecofriendly coffee production in Atenas.

4. Naturalba

Farm Shop, Cafe, Coffee

Naturalba is a Costa Rican coffee company outside Turrialba, founded by individuals from different countries passionate about growing and producing ecofriendly, sustainable and organic coffee. It has a long list of impressive certifications and projects that help local farmers and the community. On a tour of the company, you can learn about the history of coffee in Costa Rica, Naturalba’s dedication to the environment and local community, and how the company grows and makes its planet-friendly coffee.

5. Caribeans Coffee and Chocolate

Cafe, Central American, Dessert

Caribeans fair trade organic chocolate in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica.
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Caribeans Coffee and Chocolate is a small family-owned business in Puerto Viejo that works with local farmers and indigenous tribes, helping them support their families. Its sustainable ecological farming practices mean that it produces exceptional coffee and chocolate, and it offers one of the best coffee tours on the Caribbean coast, making a visit here informative, interesting and incredibly delicious.

6. La Fortuna Coffee Tour

Cafe, Farm Shop, Coffee

Local coffee, Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna, Republic of Costa Rica, Central America
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Visit this family-owned coffee farm in La Fortuna and learn about the fascinating step-by-step process of making coffee. Taking a tour of this small farm is an opportunity to learn about coffee and the culture, traditions and daily life in Costa Rica. You can also discover how coffee is traditionally brewed in the country and enjoy a fresh cup.

7. Diriá Coffee Tour

Cafe, Farm Shop, Coffee

The Diriá Coffee Tour was founded in December 2003 to share with visitors how Fairtrade and environmentally friendly coffee is made. The tour is highly informative, shedding light on the local and international coffee trade, as well as the step-by-step process of producing coffee. At the end of this tour, you’ll get to enjoy a mouth-wateringly divine coffee ice-cream treat.

8. North Fields Coffee Tour

Cafe, Farm Shop, Coffee

During this two-hour tour, you’ll learn about the history and production of coffee in Costa Rica at North Fields, a 100 percent organic coffee farm that also grows several other organic crops. This company is involved in every step of its coffee production, outlined in detail during the tour. You’ll also learn about Costa Rican culture and traditions and can enjoy a typical Costa Rican snack and freshly brewed coffee at the end.

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