Espiritu Santo Coffee Tour

Location: Naranjo

The history and development of Costa Rica has been tied to coffee plantations, and no trip to Costa Rica would be complete without the cultural experience of a coffee tour. Espiritu Santo’s 640 acre high-quality Arabica coffee plantation sits in the picturesque rolling mountains of Naranjo, conveniently located near the handcraft center of Sarchi. From San Jose, it lies in route to many northern destinations including Arenal, Monteverde, and Guanacaste.



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At the Espiritu Santo Coffee Tour you will learn from enthusiastic guides how this organic coffee is grown, cared-for, harvested, and processed to produce some of the world’s best coffee beans. At the same time, you will have the chance to learn about Costa Rican history and taste a freshly roasted cup.

The Espiritu Santo Coffee project was inaugurated in 2007, and it is part of a large farmer’s cooperative called Coopronaranjo R.L. The cooperative was established over 40 years ago, and it is composed of more than 2,500 farmers from throughout the region. Due to its great environmental and community practices, Espritu Santo Coffee has earned a Rainforest Alliance seal of approval in addition to its many awards for quality. Six-five percent of the cooperative's gourmet coffee bean production is shipped to companies, such as Starbucks, Petes Coffee and Caribu Coffee Company in the United States and Europe, while the remainder is consumed here in Costa Rica.


The tour begins at the rancho “El Mirador” where the tour guides introduce themselves and give a brief introduction to Espiritu Santo. Visitors will have the chance to sit down and enjoy a fresh sample of Espiritu Santo’s gourmet coffee, while looking out over the plantation’s beautiful coffee rows.

Once the group is ready, the tour continues on a short path through the plantation. Along this trail, visitors learn about the growth of coffee plants, from seedlings in nurseries to the time they are planted and picked in the plantations.

After walking along the plantation, visitors soon find themselves at the wet processing mill, where they can learn about how the coffee beans are measured, peeled, selected, and dried. Once the coffee beans are completely dry, it’s time for roasting, and Espiritu Santo’s aromatic roasting room is one or the biggest in Costa Rica. In the roasting room, visitors can view the large roasting machinery, and they can see the roasting process in action.

Before the tour concludes, visitors have the chance to visit an old traditional house, La Casita de Juancho, where they witness how coffee was brewed in the time before coffee makers, and why some people still prefer to use a chorreador. Finally, the tour ends at the retail coffee shop, where visitors can stock up on delicious chocolate-covered coffee beans and more.

The tour itself runs about an hour in duration.  However, for those with a little more time, Espiritu Santo also offers wagon rides through the plantation and a tasting room, where visitors can educate their taste buds to recognize good coffee. The plantation is a great cultural experience for those arriving in Costa Rica, and it is an excellent stop over point for those making their way to Arenal or Guanacaste.

What to Bring:

Hat, sunscreen and camera, insect repellent.

What this Tour Includes

guide, a visit to the harvesting plant, roasting plant, and gift shop.

"We arrived on time, however, many other planes had landed at the same time. This made us slow through customs and despite arriving late, our guide was welcoming and friendly. This tour was fun, educational and a great way to kick off our trip. "

"Fantastic. Very educational, especially for a family of coffee lovers!"

"Highlight of the trip for some of the people in our group. Tour guide was what made it so wonderful. Lots of good information."

"Informative and educational tour"

"Nice informative tour. We learned so much about coffee growing and processing."

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Available as a side trip!

This tour is available as a side trip between the following destinations:

Arenal and Alajuela and SJO Airport ~ San Jose and Monteverde ~ Monteverde and Alajuela and SJO Airport ~ San Ramon and San Jose ~ San Ramon and Alajuela and SJO Airport

To book as a side trip: click the destination name above that you will be departing from, and reserve a Private Transport between two of the destinations as shown above. Next, book this tour for the same date as the private transport, without selecting any extra transportation services on the booking form. Then, contact us to make sure we aware you would like to combine this tour with your Private Transport and we will finalize everything on your behalf.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us for help!

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