Beam Up To Costa Rica (part two)

By BobbyRica | May 6, 2011


Captain’s Log Supplemental – After being sucked into a wormhole, the Centerprize has traveled to the Earth’s past. It is 2011 and we find ourselves in Costa Rica. Our friendly host, Bobby, has taken us to his office. The place is decorated with pictures of the land’s diverse wildlife – something I’ve missed in my many years of space travel.

“I see you’re enjoying the pictures,” Bobby said. “Costa Rica happens to be the home of an enormous variety of wildlife owing to its unique location. There are more than 500,000 species here.”

“Fascinating,” Mister Schlock replied. “There are over a thousand species of butterflies, 8,000 species of moths, over 70 species of reptiles, and more than 800 bird species here.”


“How the hell do you know that?” I said, trying hard to hide my irritation.

“Elementary, Captain. I looked it up at Wikipedia while you were busy drooling at the women passing by.”

Schlock was right. For a small country, Costa Rica has 780 miles of beaches with black, white or golden sand. You’ll find many beautiful women here.

“Let’s just say I’m interested in other forms of wildlife, Mister Schlock,” I answered. Nearby McHoy was closely examining a photograph that puzzled him. In all my years with the good doctor, this is the first time I’ve seen him act like this.

“What’s that?” Dr. McHoy asked. “I don’t seem to recognize that particular species. It’s definitely the ugliest creature I’ve ever seen.”

Bobby was embarrassed and didn’t know what to say. Schlock quickly came to his rescue.

“Doctor, I believe it’s time you stopped postponing your annual eye exam. That happens to be a picture of Bobby’s mother-in-law!”


McHoy was stunned. “Sorry, Bobby, I guess looking at all those stars passing by the Centerprize has somehow blurred my vision. No offense meant.”

“None taken, doc. Gentlemen, I think it’s time for a wake-up call. Please help yourselves to one the best coffees in the world,” he told the three of us. Schlock, McHoy and I each took a cup and tasted something truly different.

“My god! I’ve never tasted anything like this. This is probably one of the finest blends in the world today,” McHoy exclaimed.

“Is that your expert opinion?” I asked him.

“Well, considering that I’ve never drank coffee before and this is my first cup, why yes.” he replied.

Before I could vaporize McHoy with my phaser, Bobby explained that coffee has played a vital role in Costa Rica’s history. He said that it was first planted in the early 19th century and has since become one of the country’s major exports.


“Coffee is grown primarily in the provinces of San José, Alajuela, Heredia, Puntarenas and Cartago. We are proud of our gourmet coffee beans and Costa Rican Tarrazú happens to be one of the finest Arabica coffee beans in the world today,” he explained.

Depending on where the coffee beans are grown, Bobby explained that they taste differently. Coffee from the Tres Rios region near the pacific coast is mild and sweet while coffee from the Tarrazu region has a heavy flavor and has a more complex taste.

(To be continued)

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