Since I was a little girl coffee has always been a staple on my breakfast table. I remember every morning before I went to school, I would have breakfast with my grandparents. My abuelo and my abuela would always have a cup of cafésito in the morning. From a young age my abuela taught me how to drink coffee. Every day, she would make me a cup of coffee in the morning before I went to school. At first, it was mostly milk but with the years my love for coffee grew and my taste for it evolved. Gone are the days of very milky coffee. Now I take it dark with 3 tsp of brown sugar.
Coffee is very important in Puerto Rico, there is a culture of coffee drinking. You drink it in the morning and in the afternoon. We call it el cafésito de las 3… In Puerto Rico, coffee has a close relationship with our personality. The Island has always been recognized for its good coffee. The coffee plantation in Puerto Rico has always been a backdrop for the great socio-economic transformations on the island and as is present and sometimes takes center stage in our novels, theater and folk music.
Coffee was brought by the captain of a French ship named Gabriel Mathieu de Clieu. The coffee in Puerto Rico springs from the volcanic soil of the Island. The Arabica seed is the most cultivated seed in the island. It is considered the seed with most flavor among the varieties of coffee. Tropical regions such as Puerto Rico provide the most favorable conditions for cultivation. The island’s high mountains, some of which exceed 3,000 feet, provide a cool, wet temperature and plenty of rain. The altitude and cooler temperatures take a vital role in the growth of the seeds. Historically Puerto Rican coffee has been harvested in haciendas. Haciendas are properties set on rural and agricultural land in all Spanish-speaking countries of colonial background, most haciendas in the island are located in the mountainous areas where they hold large ranges of land where coffee, vegetables, and fruit are grown.
Nowadays these haciendas offer tours for everyone interested in the process of how coffee is made, from harvesting the seeds and how it reaches our homes. I recommend visiting as many as you can since not all tours are alike. Everyone has their own special way of preparing coffee. In Puerto Rico, there are many haciendas that offer tours!
Coffee was made to be savored and enjoyed, that’s why I compiled a list of the best coffee tours in Puerto Rico to visit while on the island.
Hacienda San Pedro in Jayuya — Get ready to drive deep into the mountains of Puerto Rico. Hacienda San Pedro is located in the town of Jayuya, deep into the mountain range of the island. This beautiful hacienda is surrounded by luscious green mountains. The hacienda has a little historical museum. This Hacienda is a historical place, of generations in which visitors can observe the coffee plants, walk along the sidewalks, learn a little about the coffee process and taste a rich cup of freshly roasted, handpicked artisan coffee. They offer 2 tours (12pm & 2pm), on Saturdays and Sunday only with reservation. The tour of the facilities is $10/person and takes about 45 mins. Reservations are required, call Tel. 787-828-2083
You can visit their website: https://cafehsp.com/pages/hacienda
Hacienda Pomarrosa in Ponce — Learn about coffee’s history and the steps involved in producing gourmet coffee! This hacienda is located in the town of Ponce, located at an altitude of approx. 3,000 feet, at the foot of the highest mountain in Puerto Rico (Cerro Punta 4,400 feet ). The tour lasts about two hours and concludes with a cup of coffee prepared using your preferred method, “poor over”, “siphon” and or “French press” coffee makers. Tours are by appointment only Tuesday- Saturday at 11am. $20/person. They also have 2 cottages on the plantation for nightly rentals. Phone: 787-844-3541 or 787-460-8934 or 787-461-8493.
You can visit their website https://pomarrosacoffeelodge.com/wp/
Hacienda Muñoz is located in the town of San Lorenzo, in the eastern side of the island. A trip to this Hacienda could easily take half of your day. Visit their coffee tours where you will learn about growing coffee beans and the process to harvest it. After your tour, you can visit their restaurant where you will be able to taste authentic Puerto Rican cuisine. There is also a coffee shop that you can visit, where they sell artisan coffee and all sorts of goods!
They offer tours Wednesday through Sunday. Tours are at 10am, 12noon, and 2pm on weekends. Each tour is about 2 hours Reservations are recommended. The coffee tour costs $15 per person.
If you need the tour in English, reservations are required
You can find them on facebook https://www.facebook.com/haciendamunozsl/