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Costa Rica's coffee farmers find another way to grind out a profit from the crop

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Costa Rica has long been synonymous with a cup of rich coffee, but as the production and the export of the black-gold crop fall, farmers are turning to tourism to boost funds.

At El Trapiche family farm in Monteverde, in the mountains north of the Central Valley, the tours started four years ago have been so popular that new guides are being trained.

Over the course of two hours, visitors witness the different stages of coffee production: growing beans covered in red flesh, harvesting, drying, shelling, and roasting.

Original source: Christian Science Monitor