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I'm going down to Costa Rica in a week and a half, and I was wondering if anyone knew of any working cocoa plantations I could possibly visit.

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The largest and best-run (by far) is FINMAC, run by Hugo Hermelink. It's located near Guapiles.
Hugo is a nice guy, I met him on my last trip to Costa Rica in 2008. He supplied lots of beans used for Dagoba bars, among many other products. A lot of his production is sold to Debelis, which is a part of Puratos.
Thanks for the info. I'll see if I can make it to that area. Do you just stop by, or do you notify him ahead of time?

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