Coffee, or café, is a way of life in Costa Rica. I’m not talking about jogging to Starbucks every morning for a mocha frappa-whatever. When I say “Costa Rica” and “coffee” in the same sentence, I’m referring to a cultural, agricultural, and economical history that gives the Rich Coast one of its many distinct flavors.
Located in Heredia, a suburb of San Jose, Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and Inn is extremely convenient (a quick 15 minutes from the airport) for anyone looking to spend time near the city without actually being in it. Some travelers even choose to begin AND end their trips here, and it’s easy to see why. Between its sustainability efforts and refreshingly unique accommodation, this hotel is an oasis in the country’s most populated region.
And here’s where we go from great to spectacular…
The Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation
Costa Rica is a tiny country that pumps out a lot of coffee each year. Why? Because it’s so good! And while you can probably find a number of tasty Costa Rican blends in your own city, there’s nothing quite like drinking organic, shade-grown coffee AT the plantation that grows it! Finca Rosa Blanca’s unique plantation mirrors the hotel: quaint, intimate, and fantastic. A quick walk across the street transports you to a gorgeous, quiet plantation that looks more like a lush garden from paradise. The expert guide (no really, he’s the best) uses his incredible knowledge and enthusiasm to guide you through the different steps of coffee growth and processing. A hands-on tour, guests are encouraged to use all of their senses to identify different qualities of the coffee. This includes picking and tasting your own coffee cherries, identifying different stages of the roasting process, and a grand finale “cupping”, or tasting.
Finca Rosa Blanca is a pleasant retreat for coffee enthusiasts and java strangers alike. Even if your itinerary doesn’t include coffee, it’s hard to go wrong with a solar-heated pool, gourmet restaurant, and the best views of the Central Valley. The hotel even operates its own tours, including volcano and hiking excursions, bird-watching, and local community experiences. This is the perfect fit for anyone looking to avoid airport chain hotels and catch a glimpse of the real Costa Rica.
For more information on Finca Rosa Blanca, click here for the hotel page.