Doka: The Story of 3 Generations
Doka: The Story of 3 Generations
Located in the foothills of the Poas volcano, and with a history that borders on 100 years, Doka Estate is located where one of the best coffee in Costa Rica is produced.
To better understand the milestone of what Doka and coffee are for our country, we must move a few years back in history.
There was an exchange of customs, traditions, food and other products with the arrival of the Spaniards in America.
In 1791 an agricultural product from Africa was introduced to the country: COFFEE.
The sowing was extended in our lands and in the year 1820 the first export was made to the neighboring country of Panama. Given the first export, production takes importance and extends to the slopes of volcanoes of the Central Volcanic System. In 1832, coffee was exported to Chile, which in turn exported it as Chilean coffee to London, England.
Coffee plantation was extended in our lands and in the year 1820 the first export was made to the neighboring country of Panama. Given the first export, production takes importance and extends to the slopes of volcanoes of the Central Volcanic System. In 1832, coffee was exported to Chile, which in turn exported it as Chilean coffee to London, England.
Costa Rica realized that coffee could to help it emerge from extreme poverty because, although it had obtained its independence since 1821, it had not found a way to have a place of importance within the General Captaincy of Guatemala to which it belonged as State. Our two first Heads of State, Juan Mora Fernández and Braulio Carrillo, were the visionaries who promoted the planting of this product.
This is how, in 1845, the first direct export to London was made without intermediaries and getting positioned in the market, thus initiating the construction of Costa Rica that we know today.
Many people benefited from this historic event, including Mr. Clarindo Vargas, who in a risky maneuver in 1929 and before the global crisis of the moment, decided to sell his grocery store to acquire a dairy in the area of Fraijanes, a business that ultimately allowed him to buy almost 10 acres of coffee at El Rodeo in San Isidro de Alajuela.
The coffee business was prosperous and in 1959 the Group Beneficiary Santa Eduviges, owner of several coffee plantations in the area, was founded.
Santa Eduviges starts to export in 1961 under the name of Tambor de Poás, one of the farms belonging to the Group.
Don Clarindo’s business control passes to son, Mr. Norman Vargas, who, with his great capacity and experience, proves to be a successful entrepreneur, acquiring new farms and growing the business to become one of the largest producers in the country.
Years later, after having finished studies and with all the experience that comes with being born and raised in the business, Don German and Don Rodrigo Vargas, sons of Don Norman, join the company, which was benefited by the great contribution of both, consolidating the family as the largest producer in the country, by continuing to acquire farms and positioning in the international market new brands, which mostly allude to the names of the different farms where coffee is produced, such as: Caledonia, Medio Sol, Media Luna and Doka.
DOKA was acquired by the Vargas brothers in 1985. Has been awarded in two consecutive occasions with the SINTERCAFÉ award as: “Best Coffee in the World”. It is also considered the best plantation in Latin America and currently and since 1999 offers “The True Coffee Tour (DOKA ESTATE COFFEE TOUR)” for both national and foreign tourists and intends that all visitors participate and share in the festivity of production and process of the most famous agricultural product of our country.
DOKA also has the oldest benefit in the country that still works, moved only by the force of water without using electricity, which is why it was declared Historical and Architectural Heritage by the Government of Costa Rica in June 2003.
In 1996 “TRES GENERACIONES” coffee is created, a brand that identifies the long family’s career in the coffee business and aims to raise awareness and share a premium coffee, because TRES GENERACIONES selects and toasts only the finest grains produced in DOKA ESTATE.
Be part of this family tradition and offer your clients a real and attractive Tour del Café, where they can learn that more than a culture, this is, a way of life.