Crafting a Gourmet Coffee Blend at Café Britt in Heredia, Costa Rica
Café Britt is like college—an educational experience complemented by silly hijinks—for coffee connoisseurs longing to learn the science behind their favorite brew. On the plantation's oft-humorous tour, laugh along with perky, well-caffeinated instructors as they explain that the country's nutrient-packed volcanic soils are ideal for harvesting coffee beans, using models to demonstrate the bean's peeled-back layers. Twirl through the roastery, where the beans pop like popcorn, and inhale their intense, intoxicating aroma. At the end of the tour, be sure to volunteer for a lesson on the professional art of coffee tasting. If picked, you'll sift through a multicolored bowl of beans, dip your nose into a steaming mug, and finally take a sip of the exquisite, freshly brewed blend.