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Wonderful memories from San Vito, Costa Rica

San Vito, Province of Puntarenas, Costa Rica   We have wonderful memories about San Vito and the friendly people we met there. During our final days, Senior Luis Solis went with us to the Wilson Botanical Gardens, which are close to San Vito. This place includes an extensive tree collection and endangered plants from Costa Rica. It is a training ground for scientists from all around the world. But it also teaches the public some basics ...
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Vivemos la vida organica!

San Vito, Province of Puntarenas, Costa Rica   Paradice in the Costa Rica mountains For 6 days we are the guests of Senior Luis Solis, who lives close to San Vito, a town in the southern part of Costa Rica. Senior Solis is a passionate man, who lives his dream. He is an organic farmer. Step by step he is improving the outcome of his mission. In order to be a successful farmer, as he points out, he needs to be a clever biologist, ...
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La Iguana Chocolate – cacao fruits farm

Mastatal, San José, Costa Rica Let’s keep calm! Let’s eat organic chocolate! And let’s listen to the sounds of nature! We worked 5 days as volunteers at the family-run La Iguana chocolate farm. La Iguana is a small organic farm, located in the quiet mountain village of Mastatal, between San Jose and the Pacific coast. The Salazar Garcia family is producing chocolate for more than 25 years. Together with other volunteers ...
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Cocoa trees (Theobroma cacao) and cacao fruits

Cacao trees Cocoa trees (Theobroma cacao) are robust, elegant and beautiful. They grow in the shade of tropical rainforests and can get as tall as 12-15m. Cocoa comes from the beans that are inside the fruits. Cacao trees have flowers and fruits continuously during the entire year. Each flower blooms for only for a day. We believe that cocoa trees can pass on their energy, strength and love.   Cacao fruits Cocoa trees have beautiful fruits. ...
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Let’s enjoy real food!

Many people are depressed because of the food they are eating. Processed food lacks nutrients, energy and colour. It is completely empty. Cocoa beans are extremely nutritious. They contain fat (50%) carbohydrates (25%) and minerals (magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium, sodium, and phosphorus) and vitamins (A, B1, B2 and B6). Let’s eat and enjoy real and colorful food that is filled with energy and nutrients 🙂
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A taste of nature – Cafe Ruiz, Boquete

Boquete, Chiriquí, Panama Thursday, May 29, 2014 We arrived at the mountain town of Boquete in Panama. There are many coffee plantations in Boquete. Today we took time and visited one of Panama’s most famous family owned coffee companies: Cafe Ruiz. Our tour guide Carlos informed us about the art of growing, processing and tasting coffee. We saw the 92 year old owner of Cafe Ruiz sitting outside on the terrace of the coffee shop. ...
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When Coffee Speaks ….

Panama City, Panama Saturday, May 24, 2014 Today we went to Bajareque, a small fascinating coffee shop in Casco Viejo, a neighborhood in Panama City with lots of Spanish colonial architecture. As soon as the barista of the coffee shop found out that we are passionate about coffee, he introduced us to a manager, who gave us a detailed presentation about their business. He showed us many photographs of the farm, which is supplying the coffee. ...
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This is Costa Rica!

Corcovado National Park, Province of Puntarenas, Costa Rica Saturday, June 7, 2014 The Corcovado National Park is the largest tropical rain-forest of Costa Rica and the last great origianl tract of tropical rain-forest in Pacific Central America. It is located on a peninsula, south-west of Costa Rica. This part of Costa Rica used to be an island. We met our tour guide in Puerto Jimenez and drove to Carate. From there we hiked 3.5 km to the ...
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The Coffee Plantation of Senior Armando Navarro

San Vito, Province of Puntarenas, Costa Rica Tuesday, June 10, 2014 Senior Luis Solis introduced us to some of his friends – Senior Armando Navarro and his family. We had been invited to visit their home and coffee plantation, which has a long family history. The home and coffee plantation of Senior Navarro are located close to San Vito in the Southern part of Costa Rica. Nearby is the national park La Amistad. While walking around the ...
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Parque International La Amistad & Aqua Caliente

San Vito, Province of Puntarenas, Costa Rica Wednesday, June 11, 2014 Senior Luis Solis introduced us to a young friendly, energetic woman and her warm-hearted family. Her name is Karen Melissa Araya. We drove together to the ‘Parque International La Amistad’ (International Friendship Park). This enormous National Park is located in the South of Costa Rica and extends into Panama. We hiked to a beautiful and refreshing waterfall. ...

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