Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), Costa Rica
Starbucks Coffee Farm & Sarchi Oxcart Factory
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Approximately 8¼ Hours
Welcome to Hacienda Alsacia, at the foot of the Poás Volcano. Something magical is happening here that is much bigger than just a cup of fabulous coffee. Hacienda Alsacia is Starbucks' first and only coffee farm, founded with the purpose of working the soil, learning from the land, and channeling a great deal of passion into positive change. You're invited to visit this extraordinary place and view coffee in a completely different way.
Your morning joe, handed to you daily by a barista, began life as a berry on a tree on a coffee farm. It worked its way through a community and a culture, at the hands of farmers and farm workers whose goal is to deliver the finest bean and, ultimately, the finest coffee experience to you in your hometown. Explore the world of coffee hands-on at Alsacia, from bean to cup, including a working tree nursery, the micro wet-mill, the drying patio, the roasting process and, finally, tasting a wonderful cup of coffee. See firsthand the work being done by Starbucks to partner with local farmers, promote sustainable practices, and develop the next generation of coffee here in Costa Rica and around the globe.
At the on-site Starbucks café, enjoy breathtaking views overlook a natural waterfall and lush green fields. The classic and creative beverages lovingly crafted here are made with beans exclusively harvested from the farm surrounding you. An exclusive collection of hand-packed coffee, gifts and souvenirs are available for purchase.
Continue to Freddo Fresas -- a local restaurant that is the perfect venue for you to sample some traditional Costa Rican dishes, including sweet plantains cooked in honey.
Your next destination is Sarchi. This picturesque town located in the west part of the Central Valley is home to many of Costa Rica's finest wooden crafts. More than a century ago, local artists began painting and decorating traditional oxcarts in intricate and colorful designs. You will visit the Eloy Alfaro Oxcart Factory -- the only remaining oxcart factory in the country -- whose machinery is powered by waterwheel. Observe the work of the most skilled artisans making beautiful wooden souvenirs and producing the world-famous hand-made oxcarts -- an iconic symbol of Costa Rica.
Wear comfortable walking shoes.