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Doka Estate Coffee and Sugar Cane Tour with Butterfly Garden

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  • Doka Estate coffee and sugar combo tour
  • Visit one of Costa Rica's premier coffee plantations
  • Learn how the ideal coffee bean is created, from planting through roasting
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Doka Estate Coffee and Sugar Cane Tour with Butterfly Garden
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Doka Estate Combo Tour including: butterfly garden, orchid exhibition, coffee tour, coffee tasting.
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Doka Estate Combo Tour: butterfly garden, orchid exhibition, coffee tour, coffee tasting.
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Doka Estate Combo Tour: butterfly garden, orchid exhibition, coffee tour, coffee tasting
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Overview
Get the inside scoop on a pair of Costa Rica's most famous exports on a combo tour of the Doka Estate coffee plantation. Learn how coffee beans are grown, harvested, and roasted to perfection, and then follow the sticky-sweet journey of sugar cane at a working sugar mill. Finish the flavorful visit with a tour of the estate’s inedible natural treasures, including hundreds of miniature bonsai trees, colorful orchids, and butterflies.
What to Expect

During this educational Costa Rican coffee tour, you will experience firsthand how the plantation employees strive to obtain the perfect balance between nature and science; you will learn about the different cultivation methods and age-old brewing techniques.

The Sugar Mill is the next stop; you will get to see the inner workings of a sugar cane mill, which is called a Trapiche.  You will learn all about how cane sugar is made and processed.  Your guide will take you through each of the steps: growing, harvesting methods, extraction, evaporation, boiling and storage.  Besides tasting them you will also learn about the sugar cane by products, such as molasses and cane fibers and their respective purposes. 

With the sweet flavor of the sugar cane still in your mouth, you are ready to the next stop, the Bonsai Trees and Orchid Garden.

Following the coffee growing culture existing in the family since 1940, was born a special fondness for the development of Bonsai that are created from material found in the farms, You will see a family collection of 250 bonsai. Greenery, water fountains and orchids also surround the garden.

The last stop is  butterfly garden.  This lovely facility is home to 15 species that undergo the complete metamorphosis within these walls.  Among the specie you will be able to observe  the Blue Morpho, Monarch, Owl Butterfly and the Heliconias.  Also in the garden you will find each butterfly’s host plant, aerial trails, watersheds and botanical gardens. Reproduction does not take place in the garden, but at a separate facility.  Your guide will explain the metamorphosis process to you in every stage, while from egg to adult butterfly.  There are signs that point out specific plants and species to help you find them.  Magnifying glasses are also available to help you get a closer look at these interesting creatures.  If you are lucky, you may get a chance to see a pupa hatching.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Nice location and interesting tour

We did the coffee tour and they explain the whole process detailed and there are always examples even though it was not coffee processing season. Our tour guide was motivated and did know what he talks about. Nevertheless we found the price of $22 a...More

Thank chrissuiza
CAFETresGeneraciones, Gerente at Doka Estate Coffee Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Chrissuiza, Thank you very much for sharing your comments about your recent visit. We are glad our learned about coffee during the tour and that you found our staff prepared and motivated. We try to spread that enthusiasm for the coffee that we love...More

Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile
Interesting half day tour on beautiful estate

We went to the Doka Estate Coffee tour the day we arrived in Costa Rica. It cost 8900 colones to get there by cab from Alajuela. The tour was very interesting, and our tour guide Adriana was very engaging. We were placed in a group...More

Thank Kathleen E
CAFETresGeneraciones, Gerente at Doka Estate Coffee Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2018

Dear Kathleen E, We are happy to know you enjoyed so much of your visit. We love sharing our history, our views and the amazing coffee process that we love to share with our visitors. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Best regards,...More

Reviewed 14 June 2018
Coffee tour

My wife loves coffee so I decided to plan this trip for her to visit a coffee plantation. We booked a tour with a tour company, stopping at the coffee plantation first, then going to La Paz waterfall gardens. This tour was amazing! We learned...More

Thank PayM90
CAFETresGeneraciones, Gerente at Doka Estate Coffee Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2018

Dear PayM90, You do not know how your comments motivate us, we are glad to know that you have enjoyed the coffee experience and we hope that like your wife, you left us being a coffee lover too. We hope you choose us again, we...More

Reviewed 21 May 2018
Beautiful Day with Coffee and Butterflies

I feared that this tour would be boring and for the old people. I was wrong. The butterfly garden is amazing. I've never seen so many beautiful butterflies and so many different types. The coffee tour is impressive too. We did the self-tour and learned...More

Thank camdou
CAFETresGeneraciones, Gerente at Doka Estate Coffee Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2018

Dear Camdou, We are very happy to know that the experience has been so positive and that you have enjoyed visiting all the butterflies full of life and color that surround us. It is a pleasure to know that you have not been bored and...More

Reviewed 20 April 2018
Authentic tour

My second time taking this tour, and enjoyed it just as much as the first time. So informative about the process from harvesting to market. Just two weeks ago I went to the new Starbucks tourist center and there is no comparison. If you want...More

Thank VickiZ2012
CAFETresGeneraciones, Gerente at Doka Estate Coffee Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2018

Dear VickiZ2012, We are happy to know that you have enjoyed again the entire traceability of the fruit of the coffee until it reaches your cup of coffee. No doubt it is an honor for us to be able to work and show this product...More

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