Our guide will pick you up at your hotel in San José to begin this unique trip to the community of Palmichal de Acosta, located near one of the cloud forest reserves closest to San José. You will pass through the Quitirrisí indigenous territory, where the Huetares live. Upon arrival at Palmichal, you will visit El Cerco de Don Manuel, a small coffee farm belonging to Don Manuel and Doña Mary.
They will show you the process of producing coffee from harvest to roasting. You will grind your own coffee in the traditional way, learn how to make tortillas, and enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee. Don Manuel's farm is a glimpse into the campesino way of life. Afterwards, you will visit the Beneficio Palmichal, in operation for more than 80 years in the center of the village. It buys and processes the coffee harvested by the growers in the area.
You will take a tour of the beneficio, getting to know the different phases of coffee processing. You will also see how earthworms are used to help compost the waste from the Beneficio Palmichal, demonstrating the company's commitment to the environment. Next, you will experience the process of "coffee tasting" with a cup of "Yodito" or "Don Manuel" coffee, the main brands produced by Beneficio Palmichal.
Then enjoy a delicious traditional lunch at Nacientes Palmichal Inn, where you will learn about the significant conservation efforts carried out by the association that administers the Inn. To end the trip, visit a local crafts store that is run by a group of women from the Palmichal community. Included: transportation from San Jose, circuit at the Coffee-Finca and visit to the Beneficio Palmichal, lunch, visit to the handicrafts of the Huetares.