Just north of Heredia on the road to Barva, you’ll see signs off the highway directing you to Café Britt, where you can get an idea of how the modern-day coffee industry operates. The finca grows one of the country’s best-known brands and is the most important exporter of Costa Rican coffee to the world. Guides take you through the history of coffee growing in Costa Rica, demonstrating how crucial this export crop was to the development of the country, with a rather polished presentation and thorough descriptions of the processes involved in harvesting and selecting the beans. Once you’ve toured the plantation, roasting factory and drying patios, it’s back for a coffee-cupping demo and, of course, the inevitable stop in the gift shop. For Golden Bean gourmets, there’s also a “Coffee Lover’s” tour to a nearby coffee mill.

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