For an interesting alternative to large-group coffee tours, follow the road through Barva and northwest to Santa Bárbara de Heredia and the coffee fields at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn. The plantation at this fantastic hotel is one of the country’s few organic setups – the beans are fertilized using rich soil from the hotel’s vermiculture and compost made from their restaurant refuse, while the fields are planted with various trees and plants that help the crop’s growth: pejibaye to deter insects, bananas to help retain moisture during the dry season, palms for shade. The resident expert passionately guides visitors through the science behind this, plus there’s the chance (in season) to join in the harvesting or roasting. As a renowned barista, his tasting tips at the closing cupping session are second to none.
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