Costa Rica // The Valle Central and the highlands //

Hacienda Espíritu Santo

The red berries lining the fields at Hacienda Espíritu Santo, a co-op coffee plantation just outside the town of Naranjo, 5km northwest of Sarchí, end up in the bags of Café Bandola that you’ll see in all the stores around here. Thanks to the local climate, the beans are of the Valle Occidental variety – something that is explored in greater depth on one of the hacienda’s tours, which also cover the nursery, mill and roasting room, as well as a walk around the plantation itself. Tours end with that all-important tasting.