Britt Coffee Tour and Chocolate Tasting from San Jose

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Britt Coffee Tour and Chocolate Tasting from San Jose
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No doubt you’ve heard Costa Rica makes excellent coffee. Learn the lifecycle of gourmet coffee on this half-day tour at Café Britt, one of the country’s premier coffee plantations. Pick up the experts’ secrets on selecting, roasting and packaging only the finest-quality beans. Start and end the tour with samplings of different coffees, paired with chocolate. A delicious buffet lunch and hotel transport from San Jose are included. You’ll go home knowing how to ‘break the cup,’ a method used by specialists to assess and grade coffee.
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In Brief

Location:
San José, Costa Rica
Country:
Costa Rica
Duration:
4 hours
Operates:
Daily
Highlights:
Family friendly
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Fully narrated tour
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Lunch included
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Itinerary
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Stop At: Britt Coffee Tour, From the Auto Mercado Heredia 500 meters north, 400 meters west On the way to the village of Barva, Heredia 528-3000 Costa Rica

After morning pickup from your San Jose hotel, travel north with your guide for about seven miles (12 km) toward Heredia, the smallest of Costa Rica’s provinces, dotted with charming towns, coffee plantations and dense vegetation. Head up winding roads to the tiny town of Barva de Heredia and arrive at Café Britt, one of the country’s most well-known coffee producers. Founded in 1985, Café Britt boasts itself as Costa Rica’s first gourmet coffee roaster.

Kick off your 1.5-hour tour of the sustainable coffee farm with tastings of two freshly produced coffees, along with bites of chocolate. At the nursery, watch a live presentation that traces the coffee beans’ growing cycle and selection process. Hear about how the country’s unique climate and diverse terrain provide ideal conditions for cultivating gourmet-quality beans.

At the roastery, get a behind-the-scenes look at Café Britt’s various roasting and packaging techniques that allow the beans to stay fresh as they’re delivered anywhere in the world. Learn about how experts ‘break the cup’ or ‘cup’ coffee to identify and grade the quality of coffee.

By now the heady aromas will surely have worked up your appetite; walk over to the on-site restaurant located amid lush gardens. With traditional music playing in the background, enjoy a buffet lunch made from locally sourced ingredients, including salad, several main course options (vegetarian dish available), dessert, fruit juices and water.

What better way to wrap up a meal at a coffee plantation than visiting its coffee bar? Sip a coffee beverage of your choice, paired with chocolate. Then, stroll through the factory store and pick up coffee to take home (shipping is available) before boarding your minivan that takes you back to San Jose.

Pass By: Gray Line Costa Rica, La Uruca, San Jose 10110 Costa Rica

Finish Tour

Inclusions

  • Professional guide
  • Coffee plantation tour
  • Lunch - Buffet lunch
  • Coffee and chocolate samples
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Britt Coffee Tour

Exclusions

  • Gratuities

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Departure Point

San José Province, San José, Costa Rica

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up on the hotels of the list

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is recommended that you wear long pants, comfortable shoes and bring a jacket and a camera
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.3 out of 5 based on the last 23 recent reviews

Very informative.
• Submitted 23 Mar 2018
The tour and guides were very informative. There were multiple tastings along the way to experience the variety of coffee blends! The guides were entertaining and took you through the entire coffee growing experience! The lunch was good and included, but purchasing a cold coffee drink was absolutely amazing! Highly recommend this. It is very close to San Jose and only a few hours of your day!
• Submitted 25 Feb 2018
The tour guides were hilarious and very knowledgeable. It was one of my favorite tours!
• Submitted 16 Feb 2018
Book all site seeing trips with this company, great service and would use again.
• Submitted 03 Dec 2017
Awesome and learned many things about the coffee origination and processing.
• Submitted 13 Nov 2017
Good service, Good Tour, Excellent guides don't expect to much for the food, but is OK Highly recommended !!!!
• Submitted 16 Jun 2017
Good service, Good Tour, Excellent guides don't expect to much for the food, but is OK Highly recommended !!!!
• Submitted 16 Jun 2017
The one thing I really wanted to do in Costa Rica was go on a coffee tour. The fact that this one also includes chocolate is a bonus! Everything was efficient and perfect, from hotel pickup, to the tour itself, to the drop off. Our tour guides were friendly and funny. Most of it was scripted and some of it was a bit cheesy, but it was still fun. It was an informative but fun tour. They have a nice gift shop where you can buy coffee, chocolate, and other gifts. They also have free samples of all the coffee and chocolates. There is no pressure to buy anything, you can just sample as much as you want. We did this tour 8 months ago I forgot to write a review sooner so I've forgotten some of the details but we still talk about how much fun we had on this tour. We'd love to go on it again. We brought coffee and chocolate home with us. I wish I had bought more. I wish I had some right now...
• Submitted 17 May 2017
very interesting - Maria was adorable....
• Submitted 27 Jan 2017
This was a very enjoyable half day tour. I was picked up from my hotel and driven about an hour through San Jose to the Britt Coffee company, which is in town and not too far away. Once there I had about a half hour to kill and was able to explore a little and relax. The two gentleman running the tour were absolutely hilarious, and definitely did a good job of both entertaining us and informing us about coffee and the culture and jobs surrounding it. It was given in both English and Spanish and they did a great job of including both our English and Spanish speakers in the group. The meal was exactly like most of the tour meals I've seen: Decent, not great, and it was basically the same rice, beans, chicken or veggie option. Still, it was welcome and I enjoyed some delicious coffee along with it. The gift shop is a little expensive, but totally worth it I think. I brought back coffee and chocolate for numerous friends/family/coworkers and everyone has raved about it seriously: Try the mint or caramel hot chocolate!. I definitely would suggest this tour for anyone wanting an easy day around San Jose to relax and learn a bit about new things. After a full day spent off in the rain forests the day before, this was a welcome day to wind down and relax.
• Submitted 19 Sep 2016
Thanks for such a wonderful time Bernardo, Olman, Maria and Tulio. You guys were able to convey the history and industry of coffee in an entertaining and funny way. The place ia beautiful and the butterfly garden was a lovely surprise. We were able to taste a variety pf coffee and chocolate. A Must
• Submitted 03 Jul 2016
Lots of fun and loads of information. There were plenty of coffee samples and the female guide was knowledgable and approachable. Watch out in the store, pay in colones because the deal they give you gets eaten up in the exchange rate from US to CR.
• Submitted 22 Jun 2016
The Britt Coffee tour is always interesting, even for non-coffee drinkers. It is informative and done in an entertaining way.
• Submitted 26 Feb 2016
The tour guides were very funny and friendly. It was the highlight of our visit to San Jose.
• Submitted 11 Jan 2016
Outstanding experience. If you want to know about the coffee industry in Costa Rica this is the experience to have.
• Submitted 20 Dec 2015
This was a really fun and informative tour. I opted for the hotel pick-up/drop-off which was very convenient and the driver was very friendly. This tour had two guides who were funny and spoke in both English and Spanish. Would definitely recommend.
• Submitted 13 Mar 2018
The coffee tour was great. The Britt tour showed the processing, discussed the coffee culture, and the guides kept it entertaining! The chocolate tasting shouldn't be advertised as only limited information and samples were provided.
• Submitted 27 Sep 2017
This was a low key more commercialized tour. They did a good job of keeping you interested with the comradery of the two hosts. Seeing the coffee plantation field was my favorite part.
• Submitted 14 Jul 2017
Great fun. Maria, the tour lead, was darling! Learned so much about coffee growing! Wonderful buffet lunch and the coffee and chocolate were divine. Nice butterfly garden next to gift shop/dining room. Parts of the tour were a little hokey, but all-in-all an experience not to miss.
• Submitted 10 Jul 2017
This 'tour' was much shorter than I had anticipated and was more just hype to get you to buy from the VERY large store that the guides conveniently dropped you at when the tour had finished. That being said, they guides were awesome and kept my interest the whole time. I just wish that their could have been more practical learning we never even actually got to see a coffee plantation, everything was just staged.
• Submitted 12 Jan 2018
Actual coffee tour was good - but it is more of a paid infomercial for Britt coffee to sell expensive coffee and chocolate. Would avoid booking through the Viator tour as the organizer is really bad at logistics and required at least six emails and still never confirmed address of pickup hotel. Driver was also not good and did the bare minimum.
• Submitted 05 Jan 2018
I was in a tour with locals and even though I am fluent in Spanish. But there were times that I was lost because she was speaking in Slang and Costa Rican idioms. I learned a lot about coffee and even have a souvenir shop. You can find their coffee cheaper in a supermarket. The lunch was meh.
• Submitted 17 Oct 2017
The tour guides were the three stoogesLiterally. The food was not as good as I thought I would experience. The meats were not cooked thoroughly and pink chicken is served. For the amount of money you spend this coffee tour is not the best. You cn spend your time in better places. DOKA Estates has a much better tour and much, much better food at the end of the tour.
• Submitted 25 May 2017

In Brief

Location:
San José, Costa Rica
Country:
Costa Rica
Duration:
4 hours
Operates:
Daily
Highlights:
Family friendly
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Fully narrated tour
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Lunch included