From the bean to the cup. On your visit to Don Pancho’s family-run coffee farm, you will experience a day-in-the-life of a Costa Rican coffee farmer. You will walk through the fields and - depending on the season - learn how to pick the best coffee beans. You will see how the beans are roasted and ground and get to package your own bag of 100% pure, locally grown coffee. If it's a market day, you can help Don Pancho load up and head to town for deliveries.
Don Pancho will speak to you about the importance of keeping farming small-scale and how his focus is on sustainability. It is best to visit in November-December, during harvesting season, however, coffee is stored and packaged year-round. Whenever you visit, you will find Don Pancho’s 100-year old artisan coffee machines up and running and ready for you to grind!
Host will provide a light meal, coffee-tasting, and a wealth of knowledge regarding small-holder coffee production in Costa Rica. 1/4 and 1/2 kilo sacks of 100% pure freshly-roasted coffee available for purchase. Green coffee available too.
Traveler should bring comfortable walking shoes and / or boots. A camera, drinking water, natural bug repellent and sunscreen are recommended.
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.