Can You Tour a Jamaica Coffee Plantation?

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QUESTION: Can you tour a Jamaica coffee plantation? My family is taking a Jamaica vacation soon, and we’d like to catch a tour while we’re there. — Tricia H.

ANSWER: Jamaica’s blue mountains form the largest mountain range along the eastern side of Jamaica. The blue mountains are home to the famous Jamaican blue mountain coffee which has a rich history of producing some of the most sought after and expensive coffee in the world. Jamaica Blue Mountain is the most famous coffee farm tour in Jamaica, with three tours to choose from: Express, Half Day, and Full Day. However, there are a couple of alternatives to Blue Mountain. We’ll give you all the details in this article. 

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Blue Mountain Coffee Plantation Tours

The Express Tour at the famous blue mountain coffee is an hour and a half long and focuses on the UCC Craighton Coffee Estate. Visitors get a historical tour and a sample of Blue Mountain’s coffee served alongside coffee cake. The tour begins with a light hike with a local guide among the rows of coffee plants to a scenic gazebo with a stunning view of the mountains lush vegetation and the city of Kingston lying below. At the historic great house, where the tour ends, visitors can view antiques and purchase Blue Mountain coffee to take home. Reservations are required. Blue mountain coffee tours can be scheduled daily and leave from Kingston between eight a.m. and two p.m. Including round-trip transportation time from Kingston and back, schedule three hours for your Blue Mountain Coffee Plantation Express Tour.

Cost: $25 for adults, $15 children under 12; Transport $100 for up to three guests with $25 each additional adult and $15 each additional child under 12. Bring $20 to $40 if you plan to purchase a half pound or pound of Blue Mountain coffee.

Contact: reservations@moonjamaica.com or +1(212)203-0064

The Blue Mountain Coffee Plantation Half-Day Tour begins with the Express Tour described above, and continues with the Lunch & Garden Tour at Belcour Lodge. Belcour Lodge creates hot sauces, jams, and preserves infused with honey from the apiary at Belcour. On the garden tour, you’ll see orchids, a citrus orchard, and other plants both native and exotic. Finally, you’re tour guide will invite you to cool off with a dip in the Mammee River, so bring a swimsuit and towel if you plan to swim. Reservations are required, and tours leave from Kingston daily between eight a.m. and noon. Including travel time from Kingston and back, schedule five hours for your Blue Mountain Coffee Plantation Half Day Tour.

Cost: $55 for adults, $35 for children under 12; Transport $150 for up to three guests with $35 each additional adult and $20 each additional child under 12. Bring spending money for Blue Mountain coffee and hot sauces, jams, preserves, or a cookbook at Belcour Lodge.

Contact: reservations@moonjamaica.com or +1(212)203-0064

The Blue Mountain Coffee Plantation Full-Day Tour proceeds through the Express tour and the Lunch & Garden Tour at Belcour Lodge described in the Half Day Tour section. After lunch, you’ll have the opportunity to swim in the Mammee River, so bring a swimsuit and towel if you plan to go for a dip. The full day trip then moves on to a 45-minute tour of the Mavis Bank Coffee Factory, the largest coffee processing plant in Jamaica. At the factory, coffee from more than 2,000 nearby farms is prepared, roasted, and exported. Reservations are required. Tours leave daily from Kingston between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Including travel time from Kingston and back, schedule eight hours for your Blue Mountain Coffee Plantation Full Day Tour.

Cost: $75 for adults, $50 for children under 12; Transport $200 for up to three adults with $50 each additional adult and $30 each additional child under 12. Bring spending money for Blue Mountain coffee and hot sauces, jams, preserves, or a cookbook at Belcour Lodge.

Contact: reservations@moonjamaica.com or +1(212)203-0064

Devon’s Coffee Plantation Tours

This hour tour is offered daily at Devon’s Coffee Plantation Tours. The cost includes a farm-to-table lunch and sample of Devon’s Coffee. The tour follows the journey of Devon’s Coffee from the tree to the finished product in your cup. Visitors will also learn about medicinal plants and fruits from the local ecosystem. Devon’s Coffee is a small plantation with breathtaking views that is operated by a father and son team. The farm uses sustainable growing practices. A custom private tour can also be arranged for those who are interested in creating their own adventure. Devon’s is located in Portland parish.

Cost: $20 each

Contact: dccoffeefarmtours@yahoo.com or +1(876)439-0978

Holywell Coffee Plantation Tours

The four-hour Holywell Coffee Plantation Tour starts at Holywell and takes visitors on a journey through Twyman’s Coffee Farm. The tour is 90 minutes long, and in addition to finding out all about coffee cultivation, guests have time to do some birdwatching or explore local plants at Holywell. Next, guests visit and cross the river to take the steep trail up to Twyman’s Coffee Packaging House. At this final destination of the tour, guests have the opportunity to relax and sample Twyman’s Coffee.

Cost: Admission to the plantation is $10 for adults and $5 for children; guided tours $50 for one to 10 people.

Contact: oldtaverncoffee@gmail.com

Whichever of the Jamaica coffee plantation tours you choose, your family is sure to have a great time. If you’ve experienced one of these tours of a Jamaica coffee plantation, or one we haven’t mentioned, leave us a comment and tell us all about it.

Learn More about Coffee Tours in Jamaica

https://www.blueandjohncrowmountains.org/do/walks-and-hikes/holywell-coffee-tours

https://dcoffeefarmtours.wixsite.com/devons

https://dcoffeefarmtours.wixsite.com/devons/tours

https://www.facebook.com/Old-Tavern-Coffee-Estate-104687364701422/

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/articles/best-parks-jamaica

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/jamaica/charles-town/attractions/devons-coffee-ranch/a/poi-sig/1627491/1340007

https://www.moonjamaica.com/listing/coffee-farm-tours

https://www.travelocity.com/discover/jamaica/saint-james/montego-bay.d180106/things-to-do/food-drink/coffee-tea-tours

https://www.viator.com/Jamaica-tours/Coffee-and-Tea-Tours/d34-g6-c5325

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