Costa Rica: Harvest season at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort
One of my favorite places I’ve stayed is a beautiful boutique hotel, just 15 minutes outside of San Jose in Costa Rica, called Finca Rosa Blanca.
It’s a unique place for tourists with culinary interests to learn about all things coffee.
A new package for guests from the award winning Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort (www.fincarosablanca.com) lends a rare opportunity to participate in the inn’s annual coffee harvest. Their package combines eco-luxury accommodation, hands on teaching of how to harvest– from cultivating, roasting, tasting (so much fun!) , to brewing and discerning the qualities of fine coffee. Add in spa treatments, a private cooking class from Finca chefs, and a private plantation lunch at El Tigre Vestido open-air restaurant.
The spa treatments offered are a dull body massage using warm Costa Rican river stones and a blend of Raw Botanicals organic aromatherapy oils, their Deep Tissue Massage, a slow and deep muscle manipulation combined with special holistic Kinesiology work, stretches and consistent contractions, to detoxify tissues.
The adventure begins by guests receiving a traditional hand woven basket, hat and scarf to take to the coffee plantation across from the hotel. Learn how to hand select only the ripest red coffee cherries for picking, how coffee was discovered, traded and first consumed.
Keeping the experience hands on, guests will get to roast their own coffee in Finca Rosa Blanca’s roasting and packing house, then learn how the experts discern and rate gourmet coffee by participating in a “coffee cupping” (catación) session with one of Finca Rosa Blanca’s knowledgeable baristas and tour guides.
The six course tasting lunch for two is served on the deck of the restaurant, which overlooks the Central Valley and mountains that surround San Jose.
One of the many perks includes a take home bag of freshly roasted Rosa Blanca organic coffee with a classic chorreador to brew their coffee at home the Costa Rican way.
Finca Rosa Blanca’s Coffee Harvest Package is $1,250 USD/includes taxes/based on double occupancy. Availability from Oct. 1, 2014 to Dec. 20, 2014.
3nights accommodation in a junior suite, overlooking the coffee fields.
Full a la carte breakfast each morning.
Reservations for The Coffee Harvest Package can be made by contacting Finca Rosa Blanca directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 506-2269-9392.