Our Costa Rico tour began this morning by leaving the hotel at . We left early so we could make the 1 ½ hr drive to Volcano Poas before the cloud cover set in. The top of the Volcano is in what is referred to as the ‘cloud forest’, in other words, it is clear only 30% of the time and that is usually early in the morning. We were very fortunate, as it was clear almost the whole hour we were there, but as we were leaving the clouds were beginning to cover the area.
|Volcanic Crater after eruption|
As we were driving up the mountain to the top to the Volcano on narrow winding roads (in a bus) we were driving past one coffee plantation after another. The hillsides were simply full of coffee plants. Also we saw where they are growing ferns – the fern leaves that we use in most flower arrangements in the
|Black Mesh over Ferns|
On our way back down the mountain we stopped at a restaurant along the way were we had a lovely view of the Central Valley of Costa Rico. This Valley is home to 60 % of all the Costa Rican population.
This afternoon we went to a Coffee Plantation/Processing facility – Britt Coffee. This is where they roast coffee beans. They showed us the life cycle of the coffee plant, how they deal with pest control so they use limited chemicals, how the beans are processed, how coffee is tested by quality control and finally how to make a good cup of coffee. This plantation does not grow all the beans they process. They buy beans from local producers on the ‘futures market’. They also buy from ‘fair trade’ groups – usually single Mothers who grow coffee beans. At the end we were able to taste their coffees and of course buy what we wanted.
We are back at the hotel for the night. We will have dinner and sometime tonight we need to repack so we take a small overnight bag with us for the next two nights. We will be going on a boat to a lodge on the
Caribbean coast. We do not know about Internet there, so if there is not a post for several days you will understand.