Trip Start Jun 06, 2010
9Trip End Jun 13, 2010
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All this is well and good, but I´m even more excited (as Ariela can surely attest) about the coffee. For the last few weeks in Bloomington, I´ve been distracting myself from studies with fantasies about fresh Costa Rican coffee. On the ground here, it almost always seems like a good time to stop for a cuppa. We´ve enjoyed fresh brews in an interesting variety of locales (from hotels and restaurants, to a stall behind the arts and crafts market in San Jose and a snack counter during a bathroom break on the road to Monteverde). I have yet to be disappointed. Of particular note, around the corner from the central market we stumbled across a small coffee roaster in an open storefront. Many places in the city sell fancily packaged coffee for export and a few stores claim to sell freshly roasted beans, but it was refreshing to see (and smell) coffee being prepared on the spot and ground and sold immediately. I bought a half kilo to bring home, if it lasts that long. The grounds were still warm when the attendant bagged them for us. As soon as we brought our purchases back to the hotel, it filled our room with a wonderful, rich and complex scent. Now my day pack smells like wonderful coffee and, even after removing the goods, I keep being surprised by sweet and odoriferous wafts when the breeze changes or I root around in my bag.
Tomorrow we´re planning to tour a coffee plantation. I hope it doesn´t spoil the mystery...