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Tis the season to pick coffee in Costa Rica and in our own Rosa Blanca Organic Coffee Plantation

One can find coffee baskets full of red cherries by the side of coffee farms around the hills of the Central Valley.  The pickers start early in the morning and wind their way down the rows of verdant coffee only plucking the bright red cherries from the bushes.  Costa Rica is the only country in the coffee-growing world where all the coffee must be picked by hand.  When the day ends, the pickers find their way to the weighing stations, where their cherries fill the metal container “half a fanega/50 lb.) that measures the amount they have picked that day.

The beans are soaked to loosen the fruit around the beans and then put through a chanqueadora, a crushing or peeling machine which removes the skin and fruit from the coffee beans.  There are usually two coffee seeds inside and these come apart in the machine.  Now the seeds are fermented overnight in water and then drained and spread to dry in the sun on parijuelas, hammocks made of mesh that allows the air to dry the beans from below.

The pickers will pick the same coffee bushes 3 times over during the harvest season which last approximately 3 months and starts depending upon the weather conditions around October and ends sometime in January.   Our neighbors and friends love to join us during this season on their time off and the school children will help when their summer vacation begins.  We invite you our guests to join in with us in harvesting our coffee or take our famous Coffee Tour and encounter our pickers in the fields.  If you would like to pitch in and pluck some coffee cherries with our crew, please just let us know and we will suit you up with a picking basket and a hat to keep the sun off. 

Picking organic coffee at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation

Picking organic coffee at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation

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Coffee Harvest at Finca Rosa Blanca

Picking organic coffee at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation

Picking organic coffee at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation

The coffee is ripening on  our plantation and the local pickers are moving among the coffee bushes selecting the reddest and ripest of the coffee cherries. These bright red berries are dropped into their handwoven baskets which are tied around their waists to make it easier to pick and to help them fill the containers quickly  to the rim.  Our guests and coffee tour participants are invited to pick with the workers to appreciate the hard work which goes into every cup of coffee they consume in their daily lives.

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Gourmet Edible Flowers at the Resort Restaurant

If you wander down to our organic green house, you will find hanging hydroponic baskets of edible flowers which can be found gracing the plates of our restaurant.

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