~Travel Friends & Friends Costa Rica 12~
 
 
 
Coffee is the number one reason Costa Rica has a large prosperous middle class. Farmers were given property with the agreement that they would grow coffee on it to sell. Currently, Starbucks is the largest purchaser of Costa Rican Coffee. They do not produce decaffeinated coffee,, but ship all of the beans to Germany who processes them and returns the beans at no cost to Costa Rica. Germany then sales the caffeinated water from processing the beans to Pepsi, Coca Cola, Jolt and others. When a family made enough money to own more than one cart, they painted one and used it for pleasure, as sign to their neighbors that they were doing well.
 
 
 
 

 

Road to San Jose and Doka Coffee Plantation

 

 

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Plantations along the road to San Jose

 

 

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Doka Estate Plantation
 

 

 

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View of the Plantation
Coffee Plants

 

 

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Coffee Plants
Coffee Blossoms

 

 

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Coffee Beans
Mature Coffee trees

 

 

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Mill where the beans are processed
 

 

 

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Bean receiving cart
Bean water float tank

 

 

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"Calculator" for carts dumped
Bean receiver

 

 

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Bean fermentation tank
Coffee bean peeling process

 

 

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Coffee bean drying tank
Coffee Beans

 

 

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Bags of processed coffee beans
Coffee beans are raked every 30 minutes for 10 hours

 

 

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Coffee bean grinder
Painted coffee bean cart represented affluence

 

 

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Cosmo

 

 

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Rose
 
 
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