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February 19, 2008

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Considering I’ve just spent a week in Costa Rica, I am a little ashamed to say that I have returned with nothing more (coffee-wise) than a couple of pictures of coffee trees, and a pound of La Pastora Tarrazu, bought from the airport…

Only a little ashamed though; I felt it was much more important to spend some quality time relaxing on beaches and strolling through the rainforest with my newlywed wife after all the stress of late, than it was to insist on dragging her round coffee plantations in 35C heat during our limited time there, just to satisfy my own thirst for knowledge of all things coffee!

I have to admit it’s a shame though that I didn’t have more time there to go and visit some famous coffee growing locations, and find out more about great coffee at it’s source – and taste some! I’ve just realised, looking at a map, that I was infuriatingly close to the Tarrazu region (we were staying at Manuel Antonio). I’m kind of glad actually, that I didn’t know this whilst we were there, as I might well have insisted on a visit, and earned myself an untimely divorce! Such is life – you can’t have everything, and I’m a very lucky man to been to such an amazing location with such a lovely young lady – we had a fantastic time.

The La Pastora, after researching it on the net seems to be the real deal, and smells delicious through the valve, but I have resisted opening it just yet, as I have several other lovely coffees to use up first – I must go and make some coffee after this, in order to get to the Tarrazu whilst it’s in good condition!

I did see some coffee trees and plants though – they’re growing wild all over the place out there! Our hotel had several growing by its entrance, and I saw more in the nearby rainforests. These pictures are of plants growing at our hotel (ooo! I’ve just spied some yellow cherries in the detail of the second picture that I didin’t actually notice at the time!):

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These thriving plants make my poor little tree back in Caerphilly look pathetic and sickly at the moment during the winter months. I feel almost cruel for trying to grow it out of its native climate… But I hold out hope that as it gets bigger and stronger, it will be able to withstand the winters better, and still make a lovely houseplant in years to come.

I also took a couple of photos of this plant too, because from the leaf I assumed it might be coffee as well, but after doing some research about coffee flowers just now, I don’t think it can be – and looking at the leaves again, they don’t look quite right either! Nice plant all the same though… whatever it is!

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This is the view from our little SansaAir flight back from Quepos to San Jose – and in all likelihood is probably the Tarrazu mountains – or very near them!

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