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Doka Estate Coffee and Sugar Cane Tour with Butterfly Garden

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    During this educational Costa Rican coffee tour, you will experience firsthand how the plantation employees strive to obtain the perfect balance between nature and science; you will learn about the different cultivation methods and age-old brewing techniques.

    The Sugar Mill is the next stop; you will get to see the inner workings of a sugar cane mill, which is called a Trapiche.  You will learn all about how cane sugar is made and processed.  Your guide will take you through each of the steps: growing, harvesting methods, extraction, evaporation, boiling and storage.  Besides tasting them you will also learn about the sugar cane by products, such as molasses and cane fibers and their respective purposes. 

    With the sweet flavor of the sugar cane still in your mouth, you are ready to the next stop, the Bonsai Trees and Orchid Garden.

    Following the coffee growing culture existing in the family since 1940, was born a special fondness for the development of Bonsai that are created from material found in the farms, You will see a family collection of 250 bonsai. Greenery, water fountains and orchids also surround the garden.

    The last stop is  butterfly garden.  This lovely facility is home to 15 species that undergo the complete metamorphosis within these walls.  Among the specie you will be able to observe  the Blue Morpho, Monarch, Owl Butterfly and the Heliconias.  Also in the garden you will find each butterfly’s host plant, aerial trails, watersheds and botanical gardens. Reproduction does not take place in the garden, but at a separate facility.  Your guide will explain the metamorphosis process to you in every stage, while from egg to adult butterfly.  There are signs that point out specific plants and species to help you find them.  Magnifying glasses are also available to help you get a closer look at these interesting creatures.  If you are lucky, you may get a chance to see a pupa hatching.
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    Reviewed 13 June 2019

    Excellent tour and tour guides. Very educational and worth every penny. Great gift shop with samples of different coffee to choose fromMore

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank AimeeSM72
    CAFETresGeneraciones, Gerente at Doka Estate Coffee Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2019

    Dear AimeeSM72, We are pleased to know that your visit has been so positive and that you have enjoyed it. For us, it is very important to know your comments and learn from your feedback to continue offering excellent service. We love to know that...More

    Reviewed 8 May 2019

    Welcomed to the estate with a sample of iced coffee. Felt very welcomed and the guide was enthusiastic and would answer any questions we had. Very informative tour! I had no idea how the beans were harvested, processed and end up in the local grocery...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
    Thank Sue1532
    CAFETresGeneraciones, Gerente at Doka Estate Coffee Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 13 May 2019

    Dear Sue1532, Thank you very much for sharing your comments about your recent experience at Doka Estate Coffee. We are glad that you have been able to visit the plantations and that you have enjoyed the whole coffee process. We love having been able to...More

    Reviewed 4 May 2019

    The tour was around two hours and we arrived just as one was starting. It explained how coffee is grown, picked and processed. The guide was very informative and was able to answer all the questions he was asked. At the end of the tour...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank NaturesMoments
    CAFETresGeneraciones, Gerente at Doka Estate Coffee Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 6 May 2019

    Dear NaturesMoments, Thank you for visiting our plantation and be part of our history and culture, your positive comments obout your experience at Doka Coffee Tour will help other visitors to decide to come and visit and live the real coffee experience. Please click on...More

    Reviewed 18 April 2019 via mobile

    Me and my boyfriend had a Perfect Tour with Renaldo just for the two of us! It started with a tasty homemade iced coffee and information about the plantation. After that he showed us all the different stations and explained a loooooot! 😊 the French...More

    1  Thank 903geeskeh
    CAFETresGeneraciones, Gerente at Doka Estate Coffee Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2019

    Dear 903geeskeh, Thank you very much for sharing your comments about your recent experience at Doka Estate Coffee. We are glad that you have been able to visit the plantations with your bpyfriend and that you have enjoyed an environment full of nature. We love...More

    Reviewed 16 April 2019

    First of all, I dislike coffee but that did not stop me from learning how coffee is processed. Starting with picking the beans, processing them, drying them out, and then roasting the beans, i learned a lot. The sample of coffee that I tried was...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank Curt K
    CAFETresGeneraciones, Gerente at Doka Estate Coffee Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2019

    Dear Curt K, Thank you very much for sharing your comments about your recent experience at Doka Estate Coffee. We are glad that you have been able to visit the plantations and that you have enjoyed an environment full of nature. We love having been...More

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    RandR2006
    5 January 2019|
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    It depends on where you are. We were in Atenas. Walter picked us up and it was about an hour's drive. The tour is about two hours or so. Then he drove us back.
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    Lowell G
    5 November 2018|
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    Response from Likeness | Reviewed this property |
    Unknown. We stayed at a house in Atenas and took Tours by Walter (highly recommend). Enjoyed the tour very much.
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    • Duration: 1h 24m
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