On Saturday, July 10th we went by bus to Poas Volcano, one out of 8 volcanos that are still active in Costa Rica. At first, the view was rather blurry because there was a lot of smoke coming out of the volcano. But suddenly the clouds cleared up and we got an excellent view on the volcano with his crater and the rocks around it. After a few minutes we continued to hike through the forest to Lake Botos, an ancient, inactive volcano that is now surrounded by water and a beautiful landscape.

Our next stop was the Doka plantation, a coffee plantation that produces high quality arabic coffee. Furthermore it produces limes, mangos, bananas and advocados. 60% of the coffee is sold to Starbucks, the rest is distributed worldwide. We have been able to see the lifecycle of a coffee plant. The little plants are the so-called “small soldiers” and grow until they are 20-25 years old. At this age, they are used to produce coffee. Between October and February the coffee is ready to be picked by approximately 200 workers who are mainly from Nicaragua and Panama. After the coffee beans that looks like small cherries are picked, their processing starts. We saw the different stages of coffee production and the machinery used for collecting, peeling, fermenting, drying, roasting and packaging the coffee. At the end of the tour, we had the chance to try excellent freshly brewed coffee.

by Verena Tolaschek