Old Tavern Coffee Estate Review

January 27, 2011 by  
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Old Tavern Coffee Estate Review in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica

As a coffee lover, a tour of a coffee farm in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica is like going to the coffee hall of fame.  Most coffee lovers and experts will agree that some of the best coffee in the world comes form the Blue Mountain area of Jamaica.  Without going into a bunch of details, the location and blah blah blah make the Blue Mountain coffee one of the most sought after coffee beans in the world!

Bena sorting Blue Mountain Coffee

On my trip last September to the Blue Mountains I was able to take a tour with Rafjam to visit Twyman’s Coffee Plantation.  At first I thought it would be a “see the beans, taste the coffee now buy our stuff and leave so we can make way for the next tour”.  BUT, the tour was more of a laid back experience.  We started the tour meeting Mrs Twyman and after a brief tour of her mountain edge roasting house we were able to spend some time in her roasting/bean sorting room.  There we were able to watch how coffee beans are sorted and we were able to taste all of their different coffee bean roasting styles.  For the first time in my life I actually ate fresh coffee beans!   A little while later we were seated on their porch overlooking the Blue Mountains to enjoy some pastries and a fresh brewed pot of coffee.  While enjoying our Blue Mountain coffee, we were able to read through her library of coffee books and ask a million questions that were all answered like a flash from a coffee expert.

blue mountain coffee beans

Outside in their garden area we saw how coffee beans are grown (saving a trip to see their plantation) and after tasting the coffee and seeing the actual plants the whole cycle came alive for us.  The whole tour was almost intoxicating with the fresh coffee, the Jamaican coffee history and the laid back vibe of sitting on the edge of a mountain just enjoying life!  There was NEVER any pressure to buy coffee but we bought 3 pounds because honestly it was one of the best coffee beans that we ever tasted.  Rafjam was nice enough to lend us a bean grinder so we could enjoy the beans while we stayed at their resort a few miles down the road.

A short slide show of the Blue Mountain Coffee Tour:


Old Tavern Coffee Estate <—The coffee tour place.

Blue Mountain Cottage and Nature and Tours <—The tour guides and where we stayed

Blue Mountain Lodging Review <—Our review of Rafjam


2 Comments on "Old Tavern Coffee Estate Review"

  1. Jamaica My Way on Thu, 27th Jan 2011 9:55 pm 

    Could your credits at the end run any faster?? LOL.
    Nice little review though, something I STILL want to do in JA. I can’t believe I’ve never done a coffee tour yet!

  2. Eco on Mon, 31st Jan 2011 11:22 pm 

    I really need to take a course on producing videos. My MAC software offers some sort of guide but……

    Try a coffee tour Kristi, even if you don’t like coffee it’s really a fun experience. The views from up there are breathtaking, chilling out on top of a mountain drinking great coffee and munching on her treats was priceless!

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