We were in Punteranas again today. Last time I was here I saw crocodiles, which was nice. But this time I wanted to do something closer to my heart – drink coffee, eat food and find free wifi.
So I took a tour to Cafe Britts roasters. On the way, we passed by downtown San Jose. I was quite suprised at how modern San Jose was. Then again, anything compared with Punteranas will seem modern. We stopped by some monument which the tour guide seemed very happy about. He chatted on about how Costa Rica has very high levels of investment in education, technology and medical care and he attributed it to the country not having an army. Definitely sounds like an interesting country to come back and visit.
We also took a stop at INBioparque. It was an old coffee plantation converted into a representation of Costa Rica’s main Ecosystems: Rainforest, Pre-Mountainous Forest, Wetlands and Dry Forest. It was actually really interesting to see how Costa Ricans are so excited about preserving their rich biodiversity. It was also interesting to see how corporations from US and China were already trying to exploit the developing Costa Rican economy. Hopefully, the environment will survive.
We finally made it to the roasters and had a little tour of the coffee making process. It’s actually very involved. Coffee is selected by hand and then submerged in water and then dried and then roasted. I probably missed a step because at this stage I discovered that the place had free wifi. But still, it was fascinating. It was kind of like visiting a coffee temple. We also went through the history of coffee starting in Ethiopia, then the Arab world, then Europe, Asia and the Americas. There was even a hillarious skit, which successfully took my attention away from the wonders of free wifi access.
After that was lunch. Costa Rican food is basically rice and beans and meat but not spicy. I loved it and managed to heap three helpings before it got too painful to eat anymore. And of course I tried the coffee. And by that, I mean I tried every single coffee they had. It was wonderous. Possibly the best coffee I’ve ever tried. I drank so much coffee that I began shaking and speaking very rapidly. It was like being in the Disneyland for coffee-addicts. I finally purchased Poa’s volcanic earth coffee to use with my french press* on the ship. I selected it partly because it’s medium and full-bodied and I liked the picture of the volcano on the bag. Everyone’s going to be so jealous.
(*For more info about using a french press, check out this article)
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