Café Don Emilio
Café Don Emilio
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
We are a family brand founded in 2015 in the community of San Luis Bocana Pérez Zeledón by Don Emilio and Doña Rita, both farmers who along with their children have been harvesting coffee since the mid-nineties. We are committed to providing our customers with quality coffee prepared through a slow and careful artisanal method. And when you visit us and share a cup of coffee with us, we will make you feel at home and show you the artisanal culture of coffee from the perspective of an authentic peasant family. Tradition and a landscape adorned by the beautiful view of Bahía Ballena are the perfect setting to live the experience of coffee production as our grandparents taught us at the beginning of the century.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Melinda B
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cafe' Don Emilo tour
    This was truly an experience you CANNOT MISS!!! Deiner, was so kind, funny and knowledgeable. Our teenage son loved the coffee so much he had 2 cups. We had opted for lunch and it did not disappoint. The family was so gracious and made us feel part of theirs. If I could leave a 100 instead of 5 I would. Please take part in this educational adventure.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 June 2023
  • Elle2580
    36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Coffee lovers delight!
    This tour was an amazing experience! It was very interesting to see the process from the coffee berry on the plant to it being bagged for sale. We even got to enjoy a cup of the finished product! It is a family owned business and truly a delight to meet, very welcoming! A must stop if you’re visiting Costa Rica!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Theresa C
    Missoula, Montana12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative and delicious!
    We loved our visit to Cafe Don Emilio. From the delicious coffee we received when we arrived, to the informative and engaging tour, to the lovely lunch, everything was perfect. Denier worked hard to tell their story in English (for us) and in Spanish (for French visitors who had more Spanish than we did). He did it all with good grace and humor. We bought coffee at the end of the tour, which we consumed during our stay, and found Denier at the Uvita farmers market to get some to take home with us. The trip to the Cafe is interesting, but that's part of the charm. A four-wheel drive is strongly encouraged - especially during the rainy season.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 25 August 2023
  • Cathy B
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This coffee tour is a MUST!
    My parents, spouse and two kids visited Deiner and the Don Emilio coffee farm and absolutely loved our experience! Deiner has incredible humour and his mama cooks some really good food. After Deiner had us tour the farm and explained the coffee-making process, we had lunch with the family. They are really good company and exceptional human beings. We won’t ever see coffee the same way.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 November 2023
  • Madeleine C
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The BEST coffee I’ve ever had :)
    We loved this family business! At the beginning of the tour, Emilio made us coffee and his wife (sorry forgetting her name) brought us out banana bread. They were extremely sweet! Deiner showed us the entire process of how coffee was made. We even helped pick some coffee beans! He roasted beans for us during the tour, and we were able to bring those coffee beans home with us! We can’t wait to have this fresh coffee at home! At the end of the tour, Deiner’s mom made us homemade empanadas…they were SO delicious! I’m already looking forward to coming back and getting more coffee from them. Thank you Cafe Don Emilio for this incredible experience!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 December 2023
  • locokemp
    Leesburg, Virginia4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best experiences in CR
    Best authentic Costa Rican experience. Don Emilio and Deiner are welcoming, entertaining and charismatic. We took our 21 and 18 year old kids. We all loved every moment and learned tons. Highly recommend! Oh - and the coffee is amazing.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 December 2023
  • crazyglue33
    Manchester, New Hampshire56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience you will never forget!!
    My wife and I did this tour a week after taking the Starbucks tour in Costa Rica and the we tours could not be any different! They both were great. This tour hands down was better. The view getting to the place and once you are there is extraordinary. The people who run it, Emilio and his son Denier, are exceptional people. Their mom, Rita made us a home cooked authentic Costa Rican lunch as part of the tour which was phenomenal. She also made us an incredible dessert bred after the tour. But as for the tour itself, we learned so much that we had no idea about. Did you know there are 3 completely different ways of “processing” coffee? All producing different tasting coffee? You will learn the ins and outs of the ENTIRE process and see how it is done first hand. At the end of course you get to taste an amazing cup of the best coffee you will ever have. And you can even buy the coffee made right there to take home as a souvenir! This is a tour you definitely do not want to miss… Highlight of our trip to Costa Rica!!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 February 2024
  • Michael D
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Authentic Costa Rican Family Experiance
    What an amazing authentic Costa Rican experiance. The Emilio family are so warm and wonderful. Learning about coffee, how it's grown, processed and brewed the old fashioned way was an honor and privilege. Deiner the son speaks good english, is funny and genuinely loves his guests. Emelio "the father" is so sweet and kind. Rita "mom" cooked an amazing authentic Costa Rican meal that was delicious. The hand picked, hand processed coffee is a true artisisnal experiance, the quality very high and the smooth sweet taste not typical to Central American coffee was a testiment to the pride they take in their craft. The scenery on the way up was breathtaking, you will need a 4x4, a regular car will not make it on the roads, it's worth it, GO!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 February 2024
  • lilkity600
    Geneseo, New York1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent
    Awesome tour. Learned so much about coffee. Highly recommend. Lunch was the best our whole 11 days. Heart of palm salad was the best I've ever had. We had an excellent tour.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 March 2024
  • TR R
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do not miss out on this tour! 4x4 vehicle needed
    This is a MUST do if you are in the Dominical/Uvita area! We went and were lucky enough for it to be just us on the tour and Deiner did not disappoint! We got to learn about all parts of the coffee growing and roasting process. We enjoyed some great coffee and opted in for the lunch to be provided which was excellent! Deiner and Emilio had a small surprise for us after lunch and really felt like apart of the family. We left with 4 bags of coffee that were still warm from being roasted! As a note, the road up from Uvita definitely needed a 4x4 vehicle and a little extra time to get there. Not the hardest thing to navigate if you have 4x4 but definitely be prepared!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 April 2024
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Carolyn K
Richmond, VA103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
I highly recommend this tour. This is an authentic experience learning about the process of growing and processing coffee from a local family. Danier takes you through literally every step of the process, from planting to harvesting to many steps of processing and sorting (and you get your hands dirty doing some of it, if you want). I have done some good coffee tours before, but this one was so hands on, and because they do all of the steps there in-house, you really can get involved (and their machines they have macguyvered to some of the work are super impressive, I love the ingenuity!) It is a family business, started by father Emilio, his son Danier does the tours (and is a great people person), and the mother (I am sorry forgetting her name!) cooks a delicious lunch. I enjoyed speaking with everyone after our tour for a while, practicing my Spanish and learning more about them and their business. It was a very special experience!
Also, it is in a lovely setting and the view is beautiful if it is clear. Ask Danier about a waterfall nearby to check out - we didn't have time, but next time we will, and we appreciated his willingness to share information about favorite local spots with us. As others have said, make sure you have 4x4 and give yourself plenty of time for the drive. The dirt road was in pretty good condition, but there are some sections that are definitely steep!
Written 22 June 2024
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Stephanie C
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Excellent coffee tour, amazing family, and an amazing lunch at the end of the tour. Family owned and operated. Shows you how the coffee comes from the plants to being roasted. A lot of hard work goes into the process. Amazing family who owns and works the farm. Get to taste the coffee with some banana bread. Had some pineapple they grow as well. Home cooked lunch. Bought coffee to bring home.
Written 2 May 2024
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Arthur W
New York City, NY194 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Once Wagner and I arrived at this family owned farm, we were warmly greeted by Deiner, who is the son of Don Emilio, the owner of the plantation. The view that high up and facing out to the Pacific Ocean is mind-boggling beautiful. And with the added rooster crowing and exotic birds chirping in the trees, the experience was magnificent. We learned all the ins and outs of farming a coffee plantation. The planting, the harvesting, the picking, and the filtering out of bad berries, removing the coffee berries’ husks, all done naturally and by hand. Then there’s the roasting and ultimately tasting the coffee. And I am not just saying this, I mean it, this was the best cup of coffee I’ve ever enjoyed. Drinking it black, the coffee had an amazing sweet aftertaste. And it was so wonderful to see Deiner’s entire family working together to help make their endeavor a success. And what a success it is!
Written 2 May 2024
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Heather B
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We had such an amazing coffee tour with Deiner and his family. It was so much fun getting to see the production and processing of their coffee and we loved lunch with him and his family. Definitely a must see in Uvita or Dominical area. One piece of advice is to take the road just south of Rancho La Merced off the main highway to get there. Google maps had us go a crazy way! It should take 35 min from Uvita, do not go the 1.5 hour way!
Written 26 April 2024
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Jordan T
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
This is an amazing day. Honestly do yourself a favor and go see this wonderful family and enjoy learning about the coffee industry and see the incredible property. Plus drink coffee and eat some wonderful foods. Such a wonderful adventure for the day.
Written 25 April 2024
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TR R
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
This is a MUST do if you are in the Dominical/Uvita area! We went and were lucky enough for it to be just us on the tour and Deiner did not disappoint! We got to learn about all parts of the coffee growing and roasting process. We enjoyed some great coffee and opted in for the lunch to be provided which was excellent!

Deiner and Emilio had a small surprise for us after lunch and really felt like apart of the family. We left with 4 bags of coffee that were still warm from being roasted!

As a note, the road up from Uvita definitely needed a 4x4 vehicle and a little extra time to get there. Not the hardest thing to navigate if you have 4x4 but definitely be prepared!
Written 11 April 2024
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John G
Warsaw, Canada57 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We drove up (4X4 required) to explore this mountainous area inland from Uvita and came upon Cafe Don Emilio. We hadn't booked a tour but were able to purchase coffee. We had driven up from the coastal highway (the turn is opposite Rancho La Merced), through San Josecito and past Santa Lucia Falls. This route is steep but paved as far as San Josecito. Beyond that it is gravel, very steep but generally passable and offers some lovely mountain views and vistas back to the ocean as well. In looking at Google Maps it appeared as though we could do a loop a bit south from San Luis Morete, through Aquas Buenos and Oratorio, eventually coming down into Uvita past the Uvita Waterfall Park. It was a hair-raising drive, some of the road was extremely greasy and other areas were rough and studded with rocks. Interestingly, this appears to be a popular route for ATV tours and we encountered a couple of packs. If you choose to visit Cafe Don Emilio, I would come and go via San Josecito.
Written 21 March 2024
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lilkity600
Geneseo, NY1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Awesome tour. Learned so much about coffee. Highly recommend. Lunch was the best our whole 11 days. Heart of palm salad was the best I've ever had. We had an excellent tour.
Written 11 March 2024
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5FHK51
London, UK20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Great way to learn all about coffee growing and production from an enthusiastic family run business high above Uvita. Deiner had a wealth of information to share and it all felt like an authentic Costa Rican experience. He and his dad Emilio were super welcoming and gave us plenty of coffee to drink, plus tasty fresh banana bread, pineapple and a tasty lunch. The road up was twisty but with spectacular views of the mountains and down to the Whaletail. Thoroughly recommend.
Written 29 February 2024
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Michael D
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
What an amazing authentic Costa Rican experiance. The Emilio family are so warm and wonderful. Learning about coffee, how it's grown, processed and brewed the old fashioned way was an honor and privilege. Deiner the son speaks good english, is funny and genuinely loves his guests. Emelio "the father" is so sweet and kind. Rita "mom" cooked an amazing authentic Costa Rican meal that was delicious. The hand picked, hand processed coffee is a true artisisnal experiance, the quality very high and the smooth sweet taste not typical to Central American coffee was a testiment to the pride they take in their craft.

The scenery on the way up was breathtaking, you will need a 4x4, a regular car will not make it on the roads, it's worth it, GO!
Written 19 February 2024
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