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Doka Estate Coffee and Sugar Cane Tour with Butterfly Garden

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    What to Expect
    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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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Your hotel in the metropolitan area of San Jose
    1h 24m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off (only hotels located in the metropolitan area of San Jose
    • Entry/Admission - Doka Estate Coffee Tour
    • Gratuities
    • Food and drinks
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 5 days ago

    If you love coffee you have to take this tour not only because of the great information you get from the Doka Staff but mainly because there´s a lot of good coffee you get the opportunity to taste (and you can even take some bags...More

    Date of experience: December 2018
    Thank el_companiero
    CAFETresGeneraciones, Gerente at Doka Estate Coffee Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

    Dear Ren_d466, Thank you very much for sharing your comments about your recent visit. We are delighted to know this was the best coffee tour you have been. We hope you come and visit us again soon, Mario Fernandez General Manager

    Reviewed 29 August 2019

    Very enjoyable tour of the Doka Coffee Estate. Adrienna was a very knowledgeable guide around the plantation. You start off with a refreshing iced coffee sample and then learn about the coffee plants and how they are harvested. From there, you visit the mill (although...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Jane G
    CAFETresGeneraciones, Gerente at Doka Estate Coffee Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2019

    Dear Jane, It makes us very happy to know that you have enjoyed the coffee tour with all its history and its special flavors. For us, it is a pleasure to share our history with those who visit usted. We look forward to seeing you...More

    Reviewed 26 August 2019

    I’m a coffee lover.That means I take my coffee without cream or sugar.This was a very good tour that tells you how they pick coffee berries, dry them and roast them to perfection. Lots of coffee samples at the end of the tour. Buy your...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank jwongcsp
    CAFETresGeneraciones, Gerente at Doka Estate Coffee Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2019

    Dear Jwongcsp, We love knowing that you have fallen in love with the unknown corners of coffee. We believe that this is not a tour only for coffee lovers, but for lovers of cultures, and coffee says a lot about us. We hope you visit...More

    Reviewed 1 July 2019

    A beautiful estate. Well maintained showing pride. The tour was conducted by a young woman that was extremely knowledgable and well educated on the growing and processing of coffee from seed to package.. An absolutely delightful tour. The gift shop was delightful and the different...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank Schipblack
    CAFETresGeneraciones, Gerente at Doka Estate Coffee Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Dear Schipblack, Thank you for commenting on your coffee experience at Doka Estate. We love that whoever visits us learns and enjoys the process and traceability of our land's coffee. It makes us very proud to tell the history of this important product that says...More

    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

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    5 January 2019|
    Response from Likeness | Reviewed this property |
    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.
    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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