El toledo Organic Coffee plantation Tour, Welcome!

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El Toledo Coffee Tour
(with reservation only)

We are a very small farm, the operation is manage by the family, Gerardo, Sole y Raul and Gabriel and Ivette, We have nothing but the coffee we produce, so do not expect big buildings at all! Our coffee tour is educational. We want you to know how to understand nature better!
2 hours Tour, walking through the plantation and learning about nature! Coffee tasting! 
All of this for Only $20 Per Person! Children free! Children under 9 years old don't pay!
Why are we cheaper than others?
We believe in education, that's the key to our future! and we are small, and we do the tour ourselfs, so cheaper but not less informative!

You can watch this video to know more about us, it was taken for free by a student who came here:

Or, watch this other video taken by Peter Greenberg, He came to the farm, shot a video of it, and publish it for free, so thanks him we can get the message in this way to many more people!

Schedules: See calendar
For booking we have our calendar below, so we can tell you ahead of time if we are available!!!
Empty days mean we are available!!

All tours only with reservation!!

To start booking click here: How to book our coffee tour!
We appreciate your understanding about the booking! We are always willing to share our operation!
Coffee tour
Organic coffee production is the main Idea to share when we give our tour! But this does not mean it is not for everyone! Even children enjoy coming here!
This is a coffee tour that has a lot more than just a coffee tour!
sugar cane tourHave you ever grind sugar cane? Spend the time you want! the tour last aproximatly 2 hours! but time here is up to you, spend the time you want with us! and learn even more!
(ask for the sugar cane if we do not offer it to you, sometimes we skip it just because our brain forgot it)
Work with us! help even just for one day!
Volunteer working at coffee farmWe are doing this way of farming not because this is more profitable, it's because it's the right thing to do! but it's really more difficult! So there is a volunteer program as well that allow you to learn more!
Voluntiring a coffee farmPicking coffee, that's just 3 months in year! But it does not mean we are free the rest of the year!

Coffee is store and then we need to be processing it during the year, and the farm needs to be prepared for next year! 
The reason we are not available Fridays or Saturdays is that we are offering our product to the locals farmer's markets!

One of this Fridays a friend took this picture and shared it with us!

Want to know friend's experience at the farm, go to Going like sixty!

This is a video of what you would not see if you come here! We name our farm after this bird, it can only be seen if we look for it near the river area! 

We have a Channel in You Tube where you can see all videos that have something to do with us!
click here

Looking for adventure?

Hiking in the hills of our mountains, sorrounding by coffee fields and parch of forest with a very accesible price!

  1. Hiking $15 person with a guide in Spanish (one of our neigbors that grew up here in the area), you need to bring your own water batte, a sandwish or snack!

Tours only under reservation!

What else is there to do in Atenas? Want to know more about Atenas? go to What to do in Atenas!
 Find what Atenas is offering!
We are located: at gps coordinates N09°59.817' W084°25.773'

Contact info: or phone: 8711-1221

El Toledo Coffee family tour

Welcome to El Toledo coffee website!
Our family welcomes you to our tool to communicate our way of farming & living with everyone!
We want you to understand that if you decide to come to the farm and take the tour, we will need your previous booking so we can attend you! We also want to thank you for your decision to take our tour because you are supporting us and our way of farming! Unfortunately, because we are a small family we are limited to the days when we do the tours. So please visit our calendar šŸ“… to see if we are available for the date you had in mind before sending us a tour request!


El Toledo Coffee Lodge

Are you trying to find a local house to stay?
Stay in the comfort of a tranquil family farm. Not luxury but a lot of natural beauty!

It's only 7k to Atenas town, there is bus service very often!
bus cost like 500 colones and taxi cost like 4000! bus driven time is about 30 minuts, taxi driven time it's about 10 minutes!
These are two echo house built in harmony with the surrounding!

Great views can make it a unique experience! The mountains of Los Altos are waiting for you!!

Whole furnished! 

The rate is $500 a month!
$300 for two weeks 
$180 one week
$70 for two nights. This option includes breakfast both days with our family!
And $50 one night for two people with breakfast.
Transportation from airport can be arranged for $46


Take a look at the Availability of the house in the next calendar: if it is blue it is busy, if not, it is available for you!

Do you want to know how it feels like to be waken up by a ruster?
This is the only thing can disturb you! but, it's farmers life!

Our cabins count with one room with 2 beds, one kitchen, bathroom and porch! you have access to all the accommodation we have, also the ranch where we roast our beans! AND all the coffee you want to brew in the cabin!

The cabins have everything you need to Stay, you only need to bring your own traveling things and food! you can cook, there is a refrigerator, there are kitchen tools! etc!

More info, get in touch with us!
(506) 8711-1221

More pictures:
Privite cabin! closest house is 100 metters:
Pictures of El Toledo House for Rent
This is a small house in the middle of the farm.
House above is rented and will be available on may.

Next is availabe according calendar.

Pictures of The Tucan house for Rent
This is a tiny house 30 metters from the coffee roasters!

Book Toledo Coffee Plantation Tour

otherwise you won't find anyone sometimes
How to book our tour? it's pretty easy!
we have a normal tour in a day, 10am, we could also do early mornings and late afternoon if requested (8am, or 2 4 pm)

3 steps only for booking: 

1- check disponibility in our calendar bellow
This would show you right away our availability to do the tour the date you have in mind!
2-Send us your reservation info: date, Name, # of people & Time! to
3-receive a confirmation e-mail from us! if you do not receive any confirmation for us, it means it is not booked yet, so we won´t be ready for you! or might not even be at the farm!
If the day is empty, it is available!
if not, you can join other coffee tours scheduled already or there will be days we are not available at all!

The cost of it is $20 per person, but children younger than 9 do not pay!

Are you interested in having lunch as well? We don’t have a restaurant but we can offer a very good typical lunch. The cost of it is $8 per person. If so please mention that in your email! 

no pre-payment require!

We are open only with reservation from Saturday to Thursday! But not always!

Please understand that for us it is better to use emails, but if you do not have time, you can call, sometimes we would not be able to attend you the same day you are calling!!

We are opened only with reservation! we highly appreciate your understanding!

Welcome to El Toledo Organic Coffee Tour.
Toledo Coffee Tour

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This is a project to educate about how to understand nature better and work with it! This Coffee Farm is a family owned business, and more than a business a way of life that we want to share with our visitors!
this coffee tour is simple, humble, but shows what we do with our heart! this is not a webpage, this is a blog created by Willina; a volunteer that we had in the farm! thanks her we can get our message to you!
Toledo coffee is a proyect  of production in harmony with the environment. Trying to use all the resources require in the most minimum way and without an impact to nature! To be able to reach this objective it is necessary a lot of changes, the first of all, ~a different way of living~ we cannot think that the most important thing is the money, because our health, our future, and the environment are priceless! 
coffee tour

Once we achieved this change, the next step is matter of understand and open our eyes to everything we do in order to preserve our future and our health. In another words, avoiding to use that one thing that harm our health and put in risk our future! One of the main aspects to understand is nature, as simple and as complicated as it is! Nature acts wisely. it is able to make everything grow in harmony, however, when we try to control everything in our own way, we break all those functions using techniques that would make more problems instead of doing better! 

Toledo Coffee Farm Tour
Did you know people can grow organic products and still be against the environment? 

We've learnt so many things in our 20 years experience that we want to share with you! Now, all the production is NOT only using the standards of the organic certification we have. It's using the standards of nature to work with and not against it as organic certifications allow us to! 


To Fellow Travelers, Gardeners, Tourists, Coffee Lovers...

To Fellow Travelers, Gardeners, Tourists, Coffee Lovers...

If you are lucky enough to find yourself in the vicinity of Altos de San Isidro, near Atenas, DO NOT miss a chance to take in the El Toledo coffee tour.  It was a life changer for me,  and not just because the coffee was the finest I've come across in my travels. (I worked in the coffee above Captain Cook on the Big Island of Hawaii, years ago. I thought I'd never find coffee to compare with it. Wrong.) 

What captivated me about El Toledo, besides the first sip of their coffee, was the manner the finca, or farm, was managed: it wasn't just about money, bottom line, "We gotta make as much as we can while the makin's good" line of thinking or operating. It was that their work there captures the essence of what it means to be not just sustainable, but to nurture and give back to the land itself. I don't know if Gerardo (the father of Gabriel and Raul, husband of Sole, maestro of the forest) ever went to university or studied plants, but what I do know is that he has a repoire with them like few people I've ever met. (I'm apprenticed to one of the premier herbalists in the Pacific Northwest at this time. She knows what's afoot in the woods, in spades. I'm a lucky man to be a student of both these accomplished naturalists.)

His reverence for nature is palpable, his connection to her comes through in the way he moves, listens, sees and feels how the forest and its plants are faring. It's an honor to go on a walk about with the man.  And even though I don't speak his language well, I "get it"  when he explains what's going on with the forest. He worked in Big Ag, Costa Rican style, and got sick in the process.  Twenty years ago he knew he had to make a change, for him and his family.  And even though it was certain to be a financial challenge, the choice between dinero and health wasn't a question, not even.  He started the process of becoming an organic farmer, and has never looked back.

He's passing on his knowledge to his sons, who have taken up the process of learning and passing it on to others who are interested. Thankfully the world at large, or rather those on the planet who have woken up to the nightmare of what Big Ag is doing to us, are
becoming interested, and sustainable operations and universities who teach such practices are finding their way to Gerardo, Gabriel, Raul, Sole and Ivette, in increasing numbers and with a sense of urgency.

It's a good thing...

Get there if you can, it will change your outlook, if not your life...

Buena suerte to all,

John Davidson


Common questions!

How much would a Taxi charge coming there?

it depends on what taxi you take, if you take a red official taxi it would cost you from $9 to $10

if it is one pirate taxi the would charge you $7 the difference mightĆ½ not be in the service, the difference is mostly the insurance and permits that they have to cover!

What's the bus schedule to come up there?

you can check the bus schedule in this link:

Atenas-Altos de Naranjo #1245 is the service you look for if you come from Atenas central market to here!

there you can also find the bus schedule from Alajuela, or from San Jose to Atenas!

Do you Have signs in your place?

This picture was taken by a visitor to the farm!
so, this is the sign you need to look for! of course... he won't be there!

Do we need a 4x4 to get there?

As you see in the sign the road is paved all the way up here

Do you accept credit cards?

No yet, thank you for understanding!
how much is the coffee?
$10 a bag of 500 grams!

Our Map, Toledo coffee tour directions:

View Larger Map We are located: at GPS coordinates N09°59.817' W084°25.773'
You can Type in your older GPS: Rincon de San Isidro, Atenas! you may not find our name but the town you are coming to!

The best way to get here is by using Google maps. Even you don't have signal connection you can download the map when you had WiFi and it keeps working.

For those who do not have rented GPS, you can use your cell phone with the application called "waze" you can download it to your phone and find us, they work very good, they use google maps on which we are!

This map is an Atenas map, so from atenas town it is only 7 kilometers to get here!

Then, in front of our farm, we have this barrel that shows you where we are!

Direction of our place!
so in this map that has a Black line you can follow from atenas! I hope this can be understood!

Yes. These are some directions
We are located: at GPS coordinates N09°59.817' W084°25.773'

from atenas, get on the road towards this towns: Palmares, B Fatima, B Mercedes, San Isidro, Los Altos, so if you are in town and is able to get on this road you just go on main road for about 7 kilometers, this also means you don't follow palmares signs, just the first one in Atenas downtown, then you follow B Mercedes, then San Isidro, then Los Altos.

from town first turn is a right to get off road 3d (at the intermittent traffic light, then straight about 4 kilometer when you find a bar at your right called "German's Bar", at thins point you go right again, start coming down, cross two bridges and start going up, around one mile you go right again (at the AYA concret sign on a intersection coming up hill), and one more mile you'll be here!
El Toledo Coffee Tour directions from a visitor:
  approximately 5 miles from Atenas, 10 minutes by car.
1.  From Atenas on Multi Frio RIGHT BEFORE the yellow blinking light turn right towards Santa Eulalia.
2.  Now start following signs to Barrio Mercedes
3.  You will pass a red sign on the left Pulp Maria Jose - stay to your left
4.  After you go through Barrio Mercedes
5.  Turn right toward San Isidro
6.  You will pass a bus stop at a single lane bridge - stay left immediately after bridge.
7.  At the top of a hill you will see a big blue & yellow AYA sign at a fork in the road.  Stay right at this fork.
8.  The road gets very steep.  El Toledo is on the left about 1 mile after fork.
good look finding us!

good look finding us!

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Here there is a map that you can view and can be expanded:


how to make a better cup of coffee?

How to make a better coffee is not what I am going to talk about because we are all different!
As we are all different and have different palates, we all need to know better what the differences are among the different methods of preparing and different aspects we can change in any method of brewing!
regarding almost every method of brewing we can change this aspects:
1- Temperature of water. To have a good abstraction at the first time we can use about 95* Celsius. If we think it's to bitter! We can reduce the temperature. Or if we want more bitter it is matter of using more temperature!
2-Amount of coffee and water. 1 liter of water and 60 grams of coffee. Why grams? Well coffee beans get bigger the longer it is roasted. So if you change the type of roast you can still use the same amount of coffee by wait!
this is what makes this opposite of what we all thought! More coffee makes sour and less coffee makes it bitter!
3-ground size: Finer ground makes bitter. Course ground makes sour
4-speed of brewing: Of course that is adjusted with the method of brewing! But if we can go slower it makes it more bitter and going faster makes sour!


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Toledo Coffee Tour is a small family operation based on sharing a message to the world; We can live in harmony with Nature!
Tour de cafe Toledo es una pequeƱa operaciĆ³n familiar basada en transmitir un mensaje al mundo; si podemos vivir en armonĆ­a con la Naturaleza!

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