Doka Costa Rica coffee estate in the province of San Jose, Costa Rica, is a three generations old coffee estate in the foothills of the grand Poás Volcano.
The Doka Estate has been run by the Vargas Ruiz family for more than 70 years, and the coffee tours they provide will take you through the entire process from seed to bag. The guides at Doka coffee estate are both experts in the art of coffee making, and they are bilingual (you won’t have to worry if you’re Spanish isn’t so great). Guides will talk you through the reasons why the microclimates of Costa Rica change the flavor of coffee produced and make it taste so darn good.
First, you will learn the history of the estate, and be introduced to the process of coffee making which begins with the seed. When learning about the history of the estate, you will be introduced to traditional growing techniques and the geography of the Poás Volcano area. In the seedbed, you will be taught about the cultivation of the plant up to the point of harvesting grain.
Second, you will be introduced to the humidifier, which has been declared an Architectural Heritage for Humanity in 2003, and you will learn about the process of de-pulping first and second quality coffee. Third, you will see how the grain is cut and fermented in special fermentation tanks. Finally, you will see the coffee as it is treated to a variety of roasting methods.
Beyond the coffee tours at Doka Estate, there are beautiful bonsai and orchid gardens, a team-building ropes course for companies and individuals alike and a coffee butterfly garden. Coffee tours start at 9 am, and the last one is at 3:30 pm from Monday to Friday. On Saturdays and Sundays, coffee tours start at 9 am, and the last one is at 2:30 pm.
Many of the tours offered by the Doka Coffee estate include a meal (breakfast or lunch), but, of course, all of the tours include a coffee tasting.