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Puerto Rican coffee haciendas

Puerto Rican coffee haciendas

January 6 - 2022
Coffee Geography Magazine 

Puerto Rico has enjoyed a long association with high-quality coffee because the rich volcanic soil, altitude, and climate of Puerto Rico's interior provide the perfect place to grow coffee. Coffee is the best way to jump-start your Puerto Rican vacation, whether enjoy it hot or cold, on the mountains or the breathtaking Caribbean coastline, a taste of locally grown coffee will give you a new appreciation for the quality of Puerto Rico’s beans.

Here are some of the coffee haciendas and coffee shops where you can learn about the coffee-growing tradition on the island during your escape from the harsh winter at home.

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Hacienda Lealtad, Lares

A visit to Hacienda Lealtad, an old coffee estate in Lares, will take you back to the 1800s when coffee was one of the main exports of Puerto Rico. The coffee served is grown in municipalities along the Central Mountain Range and is packed right on the property. It is a medium-dark roast with a smooth texture and full aroma. Pair your coffee with some of their homemade pastries or flans or enjoy a meal with a view at their bistro and restaurant.

 

Hacienda Tres Ángeles, Adjuntas

At Hacienda Tres Ángeles, a hidden gem tucked into the mountains of Adjuntas, you can enjoy a cup of coffee on their spacious deck while admiring the mesmerizing view of the coffee plantation below. Their coffee is one of the finest Specialty Coffees of the World, as recognized by the United Nations World Tourism Association.

 

Hacienda San Pedro, Jayuya

Harvested in the mountain town of Jayuya, Hacienda San Pedro's coffee is a favorite among locals. Hacienda San Pedro is a four-generation artisanal coffee that's slightly sweeter than other roasts, with notes of chocolate and spices. Plan a visit to the plantation in Jayuya where you can take a tour of the grounds, learn about coffee production, and enjoy lunch or a cup of coffee surrounded by the highest peaks of Puerto Rico. Hacienda San Pedro also has coffee shops around San Juan and Guaynabo, where you can buy a few pounds of their coffee beans to take home or enjoy an expertly made latte.

 

Hacienda Muñoz, San Lorenzo

Just half an hour from San Juan, Hacienda Muñoz is a small coffee plantation located in rural San Lorenzo. Take a walking tour of the hacienda where you'll learn about Puerto Rico's coffee history as well as modern methods for growing, processing, and roasting coffee. The tour ends with a tasting of Hacienda Muñoz's specialty coffee. After the tour, stop by their coffee shop or enjoy a hearty, traditional lunch at the hacienda's restaurant.

 

Museo del Café, Ciales

Take a free tour of the Museo del Café in Ciales, the perfect place to learn about the history of coffee growing and production in Puerto Rico. In addition to touring the three exhibition halls, you can taste the museum's exclusive coffee brand Don Pello Premium and admire the beautiful mountains.

 

Café Lucero, Ponce

A mixture of coffee and art can be found at the Museo de Arte de Ponce's trendy coffee shop Café Lucero, which serves hand-picked Arabica beans. The shop offers a lunch menu during the week and brunch on the weekends.

 

Finca Cialitos, San Juan

Located in the heart of Old San Juan, this coffee shop offers one of the most authentic coffee experiences in the metro area. Finca Cialitos prides itself in serving never-blended Arabica coffee beans from the south of Puerto Rico. The roast of the bean highlights a complex flavor profile with fruity and dark chocolate notes. The place has a spacious rustic lounge where you can relax and sip your freshly brewed coffee, read a book, or enjoy an armchair conversation

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Café Don Ruiz, San Juan

Located inside the Cuartel de Ballajá, a building that centuries ago served as barracks for Spanish soldiers, Café Don Ruiz has a long family tradition of coffee roasting. Enjoy a single harvest, hand-picked medium-dark roast specialty gourmet coffee from the mountains of Yauco. The roast is similar to espresso, bringing out all the complex flavors of the Arabica beans without burning off its fragrances.

 

Café Colao, San Juan

Get a close-up view of the San Juan bay as you sip on some fine Puerto Rican coffee and watch the cruises dock at Old San Juan. A local and tourist favorite, Café Colao sells an assortment of coffees from Utuado, Ponce, Adjuntas, and Maricao. The small coffee shop also offers barista classes by its owner, Erika Reyes, founder of Puerto Rico Barista and Coffee Shop School.

 

Cuatro Sombras, San Juan

One of the most popular coffee houses in Old San Juan is Cuatro Sombras, a place that prides itself on its farm-to-cup operation and the high quality of its single-origin 100% Arabica coffee beans from Yauco. Their medium-bodied brew has hints of semi-sweet chocolate, spices, and caramel flavors. The trendy shop also serves sandwiches, paninis, salads, and pastries.

 

Café Con Cé, San Juan

A minimalist coffee shop hidden in busy Calle Loíza features 100% Puerto Rican coffee from the mountains of Jayuya. This is the perfect hideaway for coffee enthusiasts that love simplicity and a calm environment. Their caffeinated drinks are best accompanied by their tasty homemade pastries like quesitos, banana bread, and their famous baklava.