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“Best tour I did while in Costa Rica!!”

Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Caribeans is the origninal bean-to-bar chocolate factory in Puerto Viejo. Chocolate is made right in the cacao forest. Tours of our factory include: all-you-can-eat gourmet chocolate, the chocolate forest hike, and the "see how we do it" factory tour. Regular tours are Monday Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

Don't miss out, this was so much fun! My son and I were able to take a tour with Jeff through his mature old growth cacao farm and learn from start to finish the amazing history of the cacao bean. Jeff is engaging and knowledgeable, and believes in sustainable agricultural techniques to combat the fungus the has had such an impact on the cacao farming industry.

He's a great guy that has made an impact in the community and is helping to put local chocolate producers in the spot light. He carefully sourced additional beans from local growers to supplement his own yield to make some exquisite chocolate.

Throughout the tour through the property he explains the process of harvesting, fermenting, drying, and roasting cocao beans. At the top of his property is the fermentation and drying operation looking out over the jungle to the ocean, breathtaking! Nearby he provides samples of chocolates from his various suppliers and explains the subtle differences in each example. Guests are then invited to use a host of fresh ingredients to enhance the chocolate, Jeff started of the creative process by making a Thai chocolate with the addition of fresh ginger, curry, coconut, lemon grass. A variety of ingredients were available for guests to experiment with.

From there it's on to the factory where the beans are roasted, shelled and crushed into raw chocolate before being tempered and poured into molds and labeled.

From start to finish this tour was beyond expectation, allow time for a great, educational experience. In addition to the focus on chocolate, during the tour Jeff pointed out Sloths, a Montezuma bird, Toucans, strawberry poison dart, and the mint frogs as well. Golden Orb Spiders were abundant. Watch out for bullet ants.

A great tour with a great guy, you won't be disappointed!

Thank Scott J
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caribeans, Owner at Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review our tour! Glad you had a wonderful experience!

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Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

Hiking Caribeans plantation for 3 hrs seemed like a breeze. Yes, it was muggy, buggy and fill of wildlife, but the story of how the plantation came to be and their fair trade ideology with the region's small cacao growers made it more than worth it. Never mind the amazing chocolate tasting with an amazing view. You will never see chocolate the same way again!

1  Thank Claudia R
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Reviewed 2 August 2017

An amazing tour. Paul, the owner, knows everything to know about chocolate it seems. The tour was very informative and detailed. He took special time to make it interesting for our kids. Half way through one of the workers found a baby sloth in the trees and brought it down to show us. He also let my son help in part of the demo which was very fun for all. I highly recommend this tour to anyone in the area.

1  Thank Francus
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Reviewed 30 July 2017

I highly recommend this tour. Entertaining, educational, beautiful setting, and very tasty! I will carry this experience with me always.

1  Thank DebbiMilner
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caribeans, Owner at Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2017

We are so glad you liked it! Thanks for taking the time to review on TA.

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Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

Don't leave town until you have done the chocolate tour!! Paul is a great tour guide. Also there coffee is amazing as well!

1  Thank Jarrod B
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