The next day we went on another long walk, this time to visit an organic coffee farm run by a lovely old farmer called Don Elias, his grandson works with him and gave us a tour. The farmers get so little money from selling their coffee that they have to turn to tourism to make any money. It was really interesting and personal being brought into their home, and they didn't have a word of English either so we were proud of ourselves for getting by with our basic Spanish. A friendly dog from the town decided to come with us for the whole four hour walk.
Bananas are grown in among the coffee plants to protect them from the sun and also to fertilize the soil organically. Don Elias also grows oranges, limes, avocados, sugar cane, pineapple and some vegetables.