Don Pancho grew up in San Pedro de Poas. He comes from a family of farmers, however, he considers himself more of an entrepreneur than an agrarian. His family largely worked in the plantations and he wanted to do something different. He is hard working and passionate about environmentalism and community development. His committed to promoting good values in his business, such as reducing waste and chemical-use and providing opportunity for others in the area. He runs the only “mom and pop” small-scale family-run coffee business in the community. His wife helps him with the family business and together they encourage their children to pursue their dreams. The coffee business helps Don Pancho and his wife put their four children through college.
The town of San Pedro de Poas is located in the Central Valley of Costa Rica, near the Poas Volcano and a 30 minute ride from the airport. The region is largely marked by coffee plantations, however, as you near the volcano there are also large strawberry fields, as well. A few families work as local artists to sell to travelers that come through to see the crater of the volcano and there is also the presence of local milk production. The town has a beautiful central park and many surrounding local stores that sell traditional coffee-makers and coffee products. Renowned Poas National Volcano National Park is a mere 20 minutes away and only a 15 minute light walk to the crater. It is also wheelchair accessible. The park is famous for its spectacular view, biodiversity and history and visits are encouraged before 10am when the fog will set in. There are many local lodges and eco-lodges in the area, making Poas the idea spot for a ½ day or overnight trip from the airport.
From San Jose take the bus to Alajuela, which run every 15 minutes or so. From Alajuela, take the bus that heads to “Poas”. Each bus is about $1, or approximately 500 colones (local currency). Get off at the central park in Poas. Someone will meet you there and then you will walk 10 minutes to the coffee farm.
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