It’s no secret that Costa Rica is a coffee lover’s dream trip. Many of the brews we know and love here in the states are grown in Costa Rica, so why not make a trip to the source to get it fresh? If you’re a superfan, you may even want to consider spending a few days on one of the many coffee farms that offer bed and breakfast stays. You can tour the farm and learn all about the growing, picking, drying and roasting process!
Our short Costa Rica itinerary didn’t allow for a farm visit, but we still made sure to stop into every coffee shop we saw to sample the goods and grab a bag of beans. Read on to find out where to have the best cup of coffee in Costa Rica!
San JoseIf you’re in San Jose on a Saturday, we highly recommend a visit to the Feria Verde farmer’s market in the Aranjuez neighborhood. Possibly the hippest place in San Jose with tons of merchants selling art, clothing, organic groceries, and food vendors cooking up stuffed arepas (come hungry)! Look for the yellow mug sign to find the stall for Taza Amarilla, an organic coffee roaster serving up drinks in their signature yellow mug. This was probably my favorite of the bags I brought home!
Another great place for coffee in Aranjuez is Cafe de los Deseos. It’s a converted house offering pizzas, sandwiches, and some of Costa Rica’s newest craft beers including our favorite, Treintaycinco. It’s definitely a popular place where there were lots of young professionals and hipsters working on their laptops. We spent a whole afternoon here catching up on emails while we enjoyed a little bit of everything.
La Fortuna and Arenal National ParkAfter a long morning at the Mistico Hanging Bridges Park, we stopped into Red Frog Coffee Roasters to rest our legs and hang out until the afternoon rain calmed down. Roy was roasting beans and stopped to brew us a cup in a pour over, the traditional Cost Rican way. This coffee is best sampled black, with maybe a little sugar!
Next we visited Matias at Down to Earth Coffee, and had the best cortado of our lives. Matias loves to do big group demonstrations and tastings. Take one look at his instagram and you’ll see he’s definitely a people-person as all of his photos are of his favorite subject—his customers enjoying his delicious coffee! If you like what you taste, you can join his club and get a bag delivered to you by mail as often as you want. His shop in La Fortuna is open late so you can get your caffeine fix after your afternoon nap!
Quepos and Manuel Antonio National ParkAfter spending our day at Manuel Antonio National Park, we cleaned up and stopped into Emilio’s Cafe for a late afternoon coffee and dessert. We loved it so much, we ended up coming back the next morning without even looking for another coffee shop! With perfect espresso in an open air restaurant that overlooks the water, why would we go anywhere else?
FincasIf you’re interested in working a farm visit into your itinerary, we would recommend Finca Rosa Blanca, a resort where you can stay in luxury in between tours of the farm, processing plant and roasting house. If you just want to do a day tour, there’s also tours at the Cafe Britt farm and at Doka Estate.
On the drive down to Quepos, we stopped at Jaco beach for lunch and coffee at Cafe Bohío.
Most of these shops and farms sell coffee beans for you to take home with you. Of course, you can also visit a supermercado and buy your coffee like the locals do (and probably save a few bucks)! If you forget, though, there’s always the Cafe Britt store in the airport. Be sure to leave room in your bag for all the coffee beans you’ll want to bring home!