Coffee, anyone? There's a fascinating day percolating just for you - with butterflies, too - in the countryside of Costa Rica.
Your excursion begins when you are greeted at the port by your knowledgeable guide, before climbing into your air-conditioned bus for a relaxing drive through the rich countryside. Along the way, your guide will provide you with fascinating information regarding Costa Rica's culture and history, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions during the 90-minute drive to Doka State Coffee Plantation. Doka is located in the coffee capital of Costa Rica, Sabanilla, Alajuela. The farm belongs to the Costa Rican Vargas Ruiz family, pioneers of coffee production for more than 70 years. In 2000 and 2001, Doka Estate was recognized as the Best Estate Coffee of Costa Rica.
The main objective of the Coffee Tour is to educate and inform the local and international population about coffee production and processing The tour begins in the seedbed. There you will observe and hear about the development process of the plant up to the point of recollection of the ripe grain. You will also learn about the history of the estate, the geography of the area and the traditional ways of cultivating the grain.
The second station is the oldest humid coffee processing plant. In the receiver, you can see the first classification of the grains. Then you will see the process of de-pulping of first- and second-quality coffee in the grinders. Next, the natural honey of the grain is cut in the fermentation tanks. The coffee that has been dried in the Guardiola, or on the patios under the sun, is stored in the warehouse. This grain is ready to be peeled, and then exported or roasted in the country. Finally, the roasting plant is visited, where you can observe the different types of roasts.
Your next stop is a visit to the Butterfly Garden, where hundreds of colorful butterflies will be flying around you. In Costa Rica, there is a great diversity of tropical habitats; this diversity is reflected in the great variety and abundance of butterflies. Approximately 90% of the butterfly species in Central America exist in Costa Rica, nearly 66% of neo-tropical butterflies and about 18% of all butterfly species of the world. The Butterfly Garden allows visitors to see the female butterfly mating and depositing her eggs on the leaves of her host plant. In addition, extensive butterfly educational signage explains the life cycle and metamorphosis in simple terms, and visitors can see firsthand the various stages of the life cycle.
Later, at the estate's delightful La Cajuela restaurant, surrounded by the beautiful gardens and mountain views, you will enjoy a traditional Costa Rican lunch. You will also have plenty of time to visit their souvenir shops and take home many special coffee products, before boarding the bus for your return to the ship.