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…we haven’t done one our our occasional coffee holiday features for some time.

We have been busy relocating the centre of operations for JFC Distribution to our Cambridge base, but the recent burst of good weather and warm winds set us thinking about good places to get close to the bean and the break. have a great Tropical Ranch and Coffee Plantation, Brazil holiday on their web pages. If horses, mountain views and fresh Brazilian coffee in the morning are your thing then check out these pages.

A nice quote from the web site put us in holiday mood immediately…’There is no set breakfast time, you can eat anytime between 7am and lunch; with lunch being the most important meal of the day for Brazilians then getting some plantation visits in might just be a problem as nightfall advances, after your day of dining and horse riding.

The horses for guest at the ranch are Lusitanos and Mangalargas, and you can see the on-line gallery for a better view here.

You can check availablility, review prices and contact the ranch direct from this page.

Located in the northernmost part of the state of Parana, on the banks of the beautiful and unpolluted Paranapanema River, this farm has been in the family since 1928. Coffee has been grown here ever since and the hosts presently own about 750 acres of the original plot (about 40% of their overall property is protected forest).

If you like horses, great coffee, good food and far away places – this could be the holiday destination for you next year.

(Coffee holidays is part of an occasional Just for Coffee series – no money changed hands: Ed.) 



hawaiiPicAs part of our occasional series on coffee on holiday we recently came across the Beach Bum Cafe in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The owner of the Beach Bum Cafe, Dennis McQuoid, has developed a new philosophy for Hawaii…

…our coffee is roasted in very small batches to ensure your get freshest coffee possible. The best way to brew fresh coffee is in small quantities, by hand, one cup at a time – or you could say, as a ‘microbrew’.

At Caffe Carino we couldn’t agree more. This is our approach to serving great espresso from our Italian trucks. Fresh every time, by hand and in front of the customer.

We thought it was interesting that across the islands this was a new concept, although coffee in Hawaii isn’t. Coffee bushes arrived in the islands in the 1800’s and recent production across the islands exceeded 6 million green pounds.

The web pages of the Hawaiian Coffee Association has more on coffee in the islands, its history and the trade

At BBC the McQuoid team serve single estate Hawaiian coffee, offering their customers some very intense flavours, as well as blends from across the islands to accompany their Hawaiian pastries. Sounds fabulous.

So, if you find yourself walking down Bishop Street in Honolulu this summer, drop in and sample the flavours and send us a taste report. How does the Beach Bum Cafe coffee compare to our Sheffield roasted, graded and packed freshness?

roastedCoffeeBeansIn what might turn out to be a regular in a series of posts on the culture of coffee – we explore a little-talked about aspect of coffee production.

Why not take your holiday on a coffee plantation? All the benefits of superb, fresh local roast beans and magnificent views and exposure to different cultures. Perfect.

(It might even be a tax deductible expense if you are on a procurement research trip – but consult your accountant or professional advisor before booking, of course).

The world market for coffee plantation holidays is, by its very nature, a limited one. However, the origins of coffee production, linked to imperial expansion in the 19th Century affords plantation owners some great opportunities to boost their revenue by making improvements to their properties and maximising the visitor impact of the coffee bush’s need to grow at altitude.

Below are some plantations holiday venues that we think offer real appeal…and great coffee too!

losariCoffeePicThe Losari Coffee Plantation – Java, Indonesia

Although this spa and coffee plantation is currently under development until April 30th, 2011 a quick look at their website will show you both the quality of the surroundings, the landscape and the quality of visitor care offered.

moivaroCoffeePicMoivaro Lodges and Tented Camps

This Tanzanian estate in Africa offers another kind of coffee plantation experience.

Here the focus is on the diversity that the estate and landscape offer visitors, with a lesser focus on coffee that at Losari.

However, a quick look at the Moivaro website offers some great African estate experiences and the prices represent good value.

You can find a Coffee Plantation Lodge brochure for Moivaro here on Google Docs.

Paradisa Plantation Retreat

paradisoCoffeePicThis small estate is couched on the south west coast of India in the State of Kerala.

The landscape for the accommodation is outstanding, spread across plantations of organic coffee and spices. It is the forest, rivers and wildlife that make this plantation stand out for us.

That and the terraces available to have your morning coffee or the views over ballustrades for breakfast – fantastic.

If you have a great coffee destination for a holiday, or research trip, let us know at Caffe Carino and we’ll give you and the venue a mention.

The Caffe Carino team – too busy to holiday at the moment