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  Posted Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 5:58pm by Zen Recreations

Coffee, Costa Rica and… Water?

Costa Rica produces less than 1% of the world’s coffee, yet Starbucks went out of their collective way to set up a company-owned 600-acre coffee farm there. Maybe this is a sign of coffee arrogance, but it seems more likely that the (somewhat experienced) folks at Starbucks know a good thing when they smell it.

Although there are several clearly separate Costa Rican growing regions, for the most part these distinctions don’t make it to the front counter of coffee shops and don’t make it onto a label. There are some exceptions for the Tarrazu snob, maybe, but mostly it’s “Costa Rican Blend” or some such title on the package.

Just as “French Roast” or “Chai Latte” evoke thoughts of extremely bold or spiced addictions, Costa Rican coffee paints a particular taste picture for fans, often requiring specialized vocab. Generally, Costa Rican coffee is highly acidic and very intensely flavorful. While each region is certainly different (and even specific farm varieties stand alone), Costa Rican coffees are referred to as having a “heavy” or “thick” body, and being “creamy”.

There is, of course, more to the story.

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Win fantastic vino! Another batch of Vranac wine is up for grabs, so enter now!

You love free wine, right? Naturally. Then this monthly giveaway was tailor-made for you and a select crowd of your best friends. Throw the occasional wine night at your place—for free! Just think: Wine served at 16-18ºC in warm weather, paired with some blissful tidbits and scrumptious bites. Mmmm, perfect!

We partnered with Plantaže Vineyard in Montenegro, one of the best, to give us cases of their famous Vranac wine, just for our loyal fans. (They must love us. We said “You wanna…” and they said “Sure!” before we could finish.)

Congratulations to our winners! When you enjoy this lovely wine (and we know you will) please rate us at https://www.facebook.com/ZenRecreations/ and tell us what you think. Your review will earn you yet another special gift of a case of wine as our thanks! We offer top-notch travel and tour services at good prices, and we’d adore your support!

Thoughts will turn to travel, of course. “Where did you get this??” will come up, and your conversation is in high gear.

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Wine and bar tips from the professionals to help plan your next soirée. … If you’re hosting a party or event, here are some entertaining tips from our wine host.

The iconic Plantaže estates serve up wine plus gourmet eats on-site and it’ll blow your mind and tastebuds. (It’s a nineteen-star experience if you like wine and food. Seriously. We’ve been there rather a lot, honestly.)Naturally, you can learn all you want about wine-making from the best of the best, but just getting there will be a great adventure. Pair tourism à la Montenegro with delectable food and premium wines. (Yes, “wines”, plural.) And how many folks do you know who’ve ever jaunted around this historic Mediterranean country? By the way, the whole country is a resort get-a-way, from parties in Budva to mountain and water sports to getting lost in the Old Town of Kotor. (Italy? France? Haven’t you already been there? If you haven’t been to Montenegro yet, you’re sliding backwards on your lifelong list of places you have to get to.)

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