by Lorilee Craker
Just five minutes by car from Antigua, this sprawling resort sits on a verdant and peaceful coffee plantation. It’s easy to make arrangements through the resort to take a coffee tour, go ziplining or horseback riding. If none of those things appeal, there’s a gorgeous outdoor pool with knockout views of VolcÃ¡n de Agua. Photo ops abound both on and offsite (it’s a short stroll to the famed Church of San Felipe de Jesus), and the coffee is, of course, outstanding.
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- Heated, outdoor pool with stunning views
- Perfect home base for coffee tours, ziplining and other activities
- Peaceful and relaxed country setting
Did you know coffee predates Jesus? The origin of coffee is Ethiopia where a goat Shepard noticed his goats were eating red berries and becoming energized. He picked some, boiled a bit and drank the coffee realizing he had the same energy and his hyper goats. Then roasted some beans, and loved the aroma.
Arabica is all that’s grown here but there’s many types or subspecies one is Geisha. Won’t share the details let you mind wander on that one ????
This is a 4th generation establishment, they have a nice hotel, two restaurants with great food, zip line tours and the coffee tour I took was two hours and $20 USD. The entire plant is shown plus a tasting.
Here’s some info: coffee pickers earn about $7-9 USD per day and pick on average 100 lbs of beans.
The beans are sold green they don’t roast here. Top buyers in order are Starbucks, Japan and Taiwan. They sell on average $3.00 USD/pound.
Starbucks charges anywhere from $10-15.00 per pound. Of course this is after shipping, roasting, packaging and transporting.
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Very interesting tour! They also have a very nice hotel and restaurant. If you want the more comfortable coffee tour with an industrial scale operation, then you will be pleased. Otherwise, for a more authentic choice, go with De La Gente.