Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions about our Gourmet Costa Rica Tarrazu Coffees and other issues.
*Are all Tarrazu brands the same?
* What activities are available on the Tarrazu Valley?
Please visit our Costa Rica Tarrazu coffee Tour section for more Info.
* Where is the Tarrazu Valley?
* How do I get there?
Don Evelio Coffee farm office is located at 200 North of MAG, San Marcos de Tarrazu, Costa Rica 8055. Don Evelio Tarrazu Gourmet Coffee Estate farms are located on the Central Pacific section of the Talamanca mountain range, near the port of Quepos and world-famous Manuel Antonio National Park.
Flights from mainland USA as well as South America and Europe flights arrive often at Juan Santamaria International airport. Major Airlines offer non-stop service from Miami and Los Angeles to Costa Rica. This makes for easy connections from mainland flights, or allows easy Latin American travel.
From the airport, drive southeast on Bernardo Soto highway to San Jose and then to Cartago, at the foothills of the Irazu Volcano. Turn south, up to the Talamanca Mountains via the Inter-American highway. Once at "El Empalme" gas station, at almost 3000 meters above sea level, turn right to the narrow, paved road which goes down through the heart of the Tarrazu Highlands. Keep driving southwest throught the scenic hills for about 15 miles. You will pass the towns of El Jardin, Quebradillas, Santa Maria, El Llano, Guadalupe and finally San Marcos de Tarrazu. Don Evelio Estate farm is located further north in the more steep area of San Marcos, the Pirris river Basin, near Downtown.
* Do I need a rental car?
Probably. The airport is 50 miles north of San Marcos de Tarrazu. There are taxis at the airport too. There is local bus service from the Airport to San Jose. Once in San Jose, take a cab and go to the "Barrio Lujan" San Jose neighbourhood and take the "Los Santos" bus service which will get you the the highlands in aprox. 1 hour and a half. Remember, although Costa Rica is small compared to other countries, is large enough to get lost. Some of the more interesting and fun things to do will require a car.
* How do I get Hotel accommodations in the Tarrazu Valley?
There are 5 Hotels in San Marcos, and 2 bed and breakfast in Santa Maria. We strongly recommend not to stay at those Hotels since most are low rated. Unfortunately, we cannot suggest people to stay at any of those given the circumstances. The closest 5 star hotels are in the Quepos/Manuel Antonio beaches or San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, where Marriott, Holiday Inn and many other good Hotels are located.
*Is it the acid that makes my stomach hurt?
*Are coffee beans that sell in the supermarket fresh?
*How should I store my coffee beans?
*Do you sell Costa Rica Tarrazu Blends?
*Are Don Evelio coffees high in acidity (do not confuse with acid coffee)?
* What is most important to bring to the Tarrazu Valley?
Light-comfortable clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat, plus a jacket for the cool highland evenings. Costa Rica is very casual and you can go almost everywhere in shorts, t-shirts, or sundresses. Bring good, closed-toed walking shoes if you plan to visit our Don Evelio Tarrazu farms or go hiking.
Don't worry if you forgot something. San Marcos has stores so you'll be able to buy what you forgot.
* What's the weather going to be like?
Warm and tropical, but not overly humid. The temperatures vary only a little with the seasons. In January it might drop to 14 degrees Celsius at night; in April, maybe it will be 30 Celsius; most of the time the afternoon high is 20-25 Celsius. It can get pretty warm in the sun so be sure to wear your sunblock and a hat, and if you are visiting between May and November, the rainy season, an umbrella is most recommended.
* What time is it in San Marcos de Tarrazu, Costa Rica?
Costa Rica does not observe daylight savings time. During US daylight savings time (April thru October)
Costa Rica is 2 hours behind Pacific,
This makes it easy to get to Costa Rica in a day.
* What about food?
There are several local restaurants in that area that are average. However, places like Restaurante Tachos and Pizzeria Las Tejas are most recommended. For groceries, there are several supermarkets including Mega Super, and Super Tacho. Be prepared for prices that are a bit lower than mainland US. Perishables will definitely cost more, however. Breakfast cereal is also pricey, but look for sales. You might even try "La Troja" for grocery items such as cereal and sodas. The local Liquor Store seem to have the best Local spirits selection in town. Do not expect the local grocery stores and supermarkets to carry 100% Costa Rica Tarrazu coffee, especially because most coffees for locals are cheap and most often mixed with sugar. Please contact us at TarrazuCafe office in downtown if you want the best coffee.
It's not as hot or humid as expected. Slow your pace a little and you'll be quite comfortable outdoors.
Most restaurants are not air-conditioned. It's OK, though, since Costa Rica is so beautiful and the weather so pleasant, why would you want to be inside in the artificial air?
There aren't smoking sections laws for restaurants. Don't forget to ask for a non-smoking section if smoke bothers you.
* Where are the beaches?
Well, some folks would say there are no beaches near San Marcos de Tarrazu, but that's not true. The 30-mile long road from San Marcos to Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park is not exactly the ideal road to get there. However, from December to May, all kinds of vehicles can take the road back and forth to Manuel Antonio with huge stretches of Jurassic Park-like Tropical Rain forests both sides of the road. There are some very nice ones on the Costa Rica Central Pacific coast. Our favorite is Espadilla, Matapalo and Esterillos. Check out the guide books for directions and recommendations.
There are some fabulous places to snorkel & scuba dive here with excellent visibility and lots of underwater life to observe.
* Where can I get the best information about Costa Rica before my trip?
*What is Parchment Coffee and Green Coffee?
Parchment coffee is just dried coffee with the seed covering still on it.
Green Coffee is Coffee before it is Roasted.
* What is Café Primera Tarrazu?
*What Medium Roast, Full-City and Dark or Vienna roast refer to?
Full-city roast refers to coffee roasted to second crack. It's brown in color with a few drops of oil showing. A little less caffeine than medium roast.
Dark or Vienna roast is roasted to second crack and left in the roaster a little longer than full-city. It's brown in color and covered in oil. Dark Vienna is used for espresso. It has the least amount of caffeine of all the roasts.
*How long does coffee stay fresh?
*Is Don Evelio Tarrazu coffee a shade grown coffee?
* Do you roast your own coffee?
* How long have you been in business?
If you have any questions / suggestions about Don Evelio gourmet Costa Rica Coffees we would love to hear from you.
DON EVELIO Coffee Co.