In the nearby mountain town of San Miguel, en route to Poas Volcano, you can find the Coopesarapiqui Coffee processing plant (beneficio). Coopesarapiqui is a local Cooperative bringing together many small coffee producers and their families. In their effort to diversify from just coffee production (given the crisis in coffee prices globally) they have created their Coffee Tour which is informative and fun. They also have beautiful trails that lead to the steep and majestic Sarapiqui River Valley and falls.
Chilamate Rainforest Eco Retreat tries to support and motivate this cooperative for their ecological and social work and because the coffee is just excellent!
You can try their Mi Cafecito coffee here at the Retreat since it is exclusively used as the coffee served at the Retreat and it is also sold in our gift shop.
■ It is best to make a reservation for this tour, let us know and we can help you.
■ The tour costs $38 per person and is available in English and Spanish and some other languages and includes lunch, coffee tour, and access to the waterfalls and organic plantation. Rates for groups and students are available, please inquire.
■ By car, it takes about 35 minutes to get to Mi Cafecito Coffee Tour. By taxi the price is about $60 round trip and by public bus it is possible, albeit not direct, let us know if you need more information.
■ This is a half day tour and can generally be arranged for anytime of the day that suits you.