Monday, September 24, 2012

Hiking in our mountains!


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

  1. Hiking $10 per 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!


Friday, September 7, 2012

One day tours in Atenas


Customized Mountain bike experience, Lunch, Coffee Tour, Hiking, views to the pacific and to the central valley, pre-colombin places are the combinations that we do on our one day Tours!

Atenas

  1. Hiking, Mountain biking, lunch and coffee tour: $75 per person (description coming soon!)
  2. Mountain Bike, Lunch, Coffee tour and Hike: $75
  3. 5 Hours Hike, Lunch, Coffee Tour: $40
  4. Mountain Bike, Lunch, Coffee Tour: $70
  5. More options coming soon!

the #1, #2, #4 options include: Bikes with safety equipment, T-shirts, Hydrants, lunch, Pick up and drop off in Atenas or Grecia Area, Snacks!
    All the prices are per person!


    Wednesday, September 5, 2012

    One Day Tours in Grecia and Poas

    Customized Mountain bike experience can be arrange for all day long!

    The setup for one day tours we have are: 

    Grecia: For all the info go to: www.puravidamtb.com

    1. Our day starts early visiting the majestic Poas Volcano, Bike back down to Grecia through only off-road trails on the natural reserve of the poas Volcano, have lunch with our Family, after Lunch we will take you to see waterfalls and springs where the community's potable water is captured, you choose if you want to bike or hike there: price: $120 per person, with a minimum of 2 people! Includes: bike with safety equipment, Hydratants, T-shirt, Ride on car to the top of the Volcano and Two Guides and the entrance to the Volcano, and also pick up in Grecia and Atenas Area! Note: this is for advance levels of down hill (not crazy, just good at off-road with rocks and slippery hills!
    2. Biking up hill to Poas Volcano From San Pedro of Poas on the road, get in the park, look at the crater, Have lunch, Hike in the park, Come back down hill through off-road and see some waterfalls! Includes: Bikes with safety equipment, Hidratants, T-shirt, Ride on car From Grecia or Atenas to Poas, and two Guides, also entrance fees to the national park! Everything for: $120 with the minimum of two people! Note, this is for advance levels of resilience! (People from poas can be picked up, but the drop-off is not included)
    3. Long Hike to Poas from the hills of San Miguel of Grecia! We Hike all the way up to the volcano through off-road and trails, get in the park, have lunch, hike in the park, and return all the way back on Mountain Bikes! passing to see waterfalls or springs where we capture our potable water to drink! Includes: Bikes with safety equipment, Hidratants, T-shirt, Ride on car From Grecia or Atenas to Poas, and two Guides, also entrance fees to the national park! Everything for: $120 with the minimum of two people! Note, this is for advance levels of resilience! 
    4. Hiking up and down to the Poas volcano, getting in the park, hiking in park, lunch, and Includes: Ride to the area where we start hiking,  Hidratants, Lunch, entrance fees to the park. This is for good hikers, can be done with only one person if the case, and the price is: $50 Pick up in Atenas Or Grecia Area!


    Sunday, September 2, 2012

    Toledo Coffee tour Schedule!!!

    Our schedule depends on our seasons!!
    we have 2 normal tours in a day, 10am and 2pm, we could also do early mornings and late afternoon if requested!

    We are open every day with reservation with 3 days ahead of time!!

    Or from Sundays to Thrusdays acording to our disponibility!

    Check out the Tours disponibility in our schedule!

    1- if there isn't any activity the day you want to come it's available
    2- if there is an activity check out the time it is, and if it is open to the public.

    If you have check that the date you want to come it's possible for us to share our tour with you you can now just send us an e-mail with your name, number of people that are coming, and the time you want it!
    We do tours at, 10 am, 2 pm, and early mornings and late afternoons!

    e-mail: cafeeltoledo@gmail.com
    or call: (506) 8711-1221




    Saturday, September 1, 2012

    Check toledo Disponibility Here!!

    Check out the Tours in our schedule!
    1- if there isn't any activity the day you want to come it's available
    2- if there is an activity check out the time it is, and if it is open to the public.

    If you have check that the date you want to come it's possible for us to share our tour with you you can now just send us an e-mail with your name, number of people that are coming, and the time you want it!

    e-mail: cafeeltoledo@gmail.com
    or call: (506) 8711-1221
    we have 2 normal tours in a day, 10am and 2pm, we could also do early mornings and late afternoon if requested!



    Where is the coffee tour?

    Where?

    We are located: at gps coordinates N09°59.817' W084°25.773' 
    on the road to "Rincon de san isidro", dial that town on your Gps! 



    Our address is, 250 meters south of the school Nueva de los Altos, San Isidro, Atenas, Alajuela, CR

      Direction of our place!
    so there is a map in the brochure that has a green line you can follow from atenas! I hope this can be understood! you can download it here El Toledo Brochure

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

    Direction of our place!

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


    also some directions, 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 "la fortuna", 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!


    good look finding us!


    located at GPScoordinates N09°59.817' W084°25.773'

    good look finding us!

    located at gps coordinates N09°59.817' W084°25.773'

    Atenas, CR, the best climate in the word

    40 minutes from the airport!

    an area with great acomodations for everybody!

    Hotels!

    Restaurants!

    wonderful landscaping!

    Contact us!

    cafeeltoledo@gmail.com

    Tell; 8711-1221

    we are open from sundays to thrusdays!

    just one call and you are booked!

    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

    Coffee plantation

    This is a family own coffee plantation!

    We have only 7 acres, but we are doing organic farming in the whole area! we open our doors to everybody so they can learn about our coffee productiion methos! We do this in a Tour called El toledo!

    we hope to be able to share our way of make a living, and... our responsability while we do this!

    want more info? go to El Toledo Coffee Plantation



    Coffee proccesing

    Volunteer program!

    Be part of our volunteer program and get inmerse in coffee proccesing, organic farming, spanish language, and learn from who have learn from the farm!

    Through the days we have pleanty of different activities to do! so it's not only working on the coffee! you can learn how to start using your mind and hands together working with wood! doing what ever comes in your mind!

    you can Go painting any of the proyects we have!
    the school next door needs to be painted!
    the front wall looks enything else but the front of a school!
    in this case we already have the paint, need hands!

    you can start new proyects, like dehydration solar equipment to dehydrate fruits!

    build a ranch for tools at the farm!

    and there are more proyects in working the land!

    on fridays you can be part of the sales stuff!
    (this was one very rainy day by the way)

    coffee farm




    we have one apartment in the farm, with everything you need! You'll stay in the farm the time you want!



    coffee farm
    working in the farm, helping us is something we see like a way you have to suport us, to tell us keep going, have more energy to talk to more people about becoming organic farmers!

    Thanks to all who have come!

    Thanks to the organizations that send us volunteers, like, Su espacio, School for field studies!

    thanks for filling us with your friendship
    friendship we will keep for life!

    you can check some other volunteer programs through Su Espacio at Su Espacio, Atenas



    Stay in our cabin



    Are you trying to find a local apartment to stay? what about staying in a coffee farm family! We have an apartment ready for rent!
    It's only 7k to Atenas town, there is bus service very often just infront of the house!

    Have Jakie as your pet while you stay in Atenas, CR.

    the rate is $275 a month!

    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 apartment counts with one bedroom with 2 beds, one kitchen and one lundry room! you have access to all the acomodations we have, also the ranch where we roast our beans!

    More info, get in touch with us!
      cafeeltoledo@gmail.com
    (506) 8711-1221

    Coffee Prices!

    Here there is the list of products we have!
    Note: prices do not include shipping cost!

    Organic Certified El Toledo
    This is our premium beans organic
    The bag comes with 500 grams
    Price is: $9.60



    We also proccess some beans from our neighbors. this is something that is helping us to contribute to the comunity, we pay them better while offering a better product to a better price to them, too. Win-win oportunity that is offer while proccesing the beans echologicly!

    Either kind of coffee you buy from us is helping us to keep the same ideology and trying to get our neighbors into it as well!


    Non organic El Toledo
    These are the premium beans from our neighbors!
    There are bags of 250 and 340 grams
    Price are: 250 grams $4.70, 340 grams $5.65




    Non Organic Campesino
    These are not our premium beans but is rated very good for most of the regular papulation!
    Bags of 250 or 500 grams
    Price: 250 grams $2.35



    Note: this are the bags we handle, if you want an expesifique size ask for it! We'll custumize it to you!

    Are you a restaurant, or a place that uses a lot of coffee? this is the most convenient way of buying our product
    You can also get the amount you want in this kind of backet

    Toledo Coffee farm photos

    Coffee Farm pictures
     lot of pictures I'll be uploading here!


















































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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 pequeña operación familiar basada en transmitir un mensaje al mundo; si podemos vivir en armonía con la Naturaleza!