Doka Estate, Alajuela, Costa Rica, Centro America, coffee plantation

From the seed to the cup: a tour of Doka Estate in Alajuela, Costa Rica

“Coffee, the favorite drink of the civilized world.”          

 Thomas Jefferson

Coffee, the favorite drink of the civilized world. This quote by Thomas Jefferson is a timeless classic right? :)

 

Have you ever wondered what it really takes for us to have a cup of java in our hands?

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Happiness in a cup   Credit: Q99

I sure have! That is why I decided to find out by booking a coffee tour a few years ago.during my first visit to Tiquicia as the locals call this gem in Central America.

I invite you to come along and learn all about coffee at a plantation. Go on a Tour of Doka Estate in Alajuela, Costa Rica.

Do you love this liquid gold or the drink of the Gods as some may say? Coffee or café is certainly one of the favorite drinks of the civilized world. Come see the process, from the seed to the cup, at Doka Estate!

Located about 45 minutes away from the Costa Rican capital, San José, the plantation is on the skirts of Poás Volcano. The ride there is quite lovely and the scenery along the way is beautiful.

Upon arrival, a guide greets visitors at the entrance

Doka Estate, Alajuela, Costa Rica, Centro America, coffee plantation

Entrance to the Estate

and then taken to the area where it all starts, the seedbeds.

coffee beans on the sidewalk, Doka Estate, Alajuela, Costa Rica, Centro America, coffee plantation

Cool beans on the sidewalk

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Seeds growing

coffee plants,  Doka Estate, Alajuela, Costa Rica, Centro America, coffee plantation

Coffee plants ready to be moved to a parcel of land and grow

Did you know that some seeds are imported from Kenya and plants take around 4 to 5 years to grow?

Costa Rica has rich volcanic soil, different climates and altitudes which are important factors and determines how the coffee will taste.

After the plant has grown, it is then transplanted into the ground and nature takes care of the rest!

Our guide explained to us that when the coffee grains turn red they are ready to be picked manually. It is the sign that they are ripe and ready to move on to the next step.

Green beans, coffee cherries, Doka Estate, Alajuela, Costa Rica, Centro America, coffee plantation

Green and ripe coffee cherries

After the ripe grains have been harvested, they are taken to the coffee processing plant where they are washed in order to be classified, 1st or 2nd quality.

coffee processing plant, Doka Estate, Alajuela, Costa Rica, Centro America, coffee plantation

Coffee processing by hydraulic system

If they are first quality the grains will sink and if they are second they will float.

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Coffee processing

Next they are brought outside to the Sun Drying station, where they will dry out naturally.

Sundrying coffee, Doka Estate, Alajuela, Costa Rica, Centro America, coffee plantation

Tour guide & coffee expert

Then coffee beans are spread out in rows

sundried coffee beans, Doka Estate, Alajuela, Costa Rica, Centro America, coffee plantation

Coffee beans in rows

and raked manually every few hours

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Under the Costa Rican sun

After soaking up the sun for a few days, and up to a week, grains are stored indoors

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Dried coffee in storage

Afterwards they are put in sacks and

coffee sacks, coffee beans, dried coffee beans, coffee, Doka Estate, Alajuela, Costa Rica, Centro America, coffee plantation

they are ready to be peeled then roasted!

There is a roasting plant on site and it is called

Café Tres Generaciones, coffee, Doka Estate, Alajuela, Costa Rica, Centro America, coffee plantation

Café Tres Generaciones

The final process can be observed and different roasts are available for sampling.

 Café Tres Generaciones, coffee, Doka Estate, Alajuela, Costa Rica, Centro America, coffee plantation

Credit: Doka Estate

Of course you are welcome to taste the products before you buy a bag or two or three that you can bring back!

Café Tres Generaciones, coffee, Doka Estate, Alajuela, Costa Rica, Centro America, coffee plantation

Credit: Doka Estate

You can also buy a typical cup and cloth filter to have a “chorreado” or drip coffee right in the comfort of your own home!

coffee drip, café chorreado, chorreado, Café Tres Generaciones, coffee, Doka Estate, Alajuela, Costa Rica, Centro America, coffee plantation

Preparing a cup of coffee the old-fashioned way

Needless to say, I found it truly fascinating! I was ve happy and grateful to have learned so much about the history of coffee as well as going through entire process with the help of an expert guide.

If you ever go to Costa Rica I highly recommend a visit to a coffee plantation. It will definitely make you appreciate your daily cup of liquid gold so much more! 

 

I hope you enjoyed the Tour of Doka Estate in Costa Rica!

Now I’m turning it over to you…

Tell us…

 

Would you ever go on a coffee tour?  

Have you been on one?

Where was it?

If not, where would you like to go?

Tell us all about it in the comments below.

Until next time…

Many happy travels, felices viajes and stay caffeinated!

All the best,

Kay 😉

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9 thoughts on “From the seed to the cup: a tour of Doka Estate in Alajuela, Costa Rica

  1. Fred Yummy says:

    Reading this while drinking my morning coffee 🙂 Costa Rica will certainly be one of my next destinations (at least it’s on my bucket list). By the way I love the pic about the benefits of drinking coffee!

    • traveller soul says:

      I’m glad you liked the post Fred.

      Costa Rica is such a fab & gorgeous country. I seriously fell in love & would even consider living there 😉

      Learning about the coffee culture was super interesting!
      It sure makes me appreciate every cup I drink 😉

      Hope you go & see for yourself!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. RobRob says:

    Great post! Oddly enough, just yesterday our little group was thinking about a Costa Rica trip. Now I have a definite reason to go! 🙂 Obviously, we also need to work our way into your inner circle of coffee friends! 😉

    • traveller soul says:

      Thank you Rob!

      Happy to know that you enjoyed reading the article!

      Oh you are thinking of going to the Rich Coast? You are going to LOVE it for sure!

      Knowing that you’re a coffee afficionado you will have lots to choose from too.

      It was fun and great to learn more about the entire process. It makes me appreciate every cup i drink 😉

      Thank you for stopping by!

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