Moon Author's Review
Moon Jamaica+Reservations offers the best of the Blue Mountain Culinary Trail in Express, Half-day and Full-day Blue Mountain Coffee Tour packages, with or without transport from Kingston. Please inquire if you need transport from elsewhere in Jamaica.
The Express Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Tour consists of the 1.5 hour tour at UCC Craighton Coffee Estate, which provides guests with an oral history of the revered bean in Jamaica alongside a sample of the farm's brew accompanied by coffee cake. The tour proceeds with a light hike through the coffee fields to a picturesque gazebo with views of the surrounding mountains and Kingston below. The tour concludes with a return to the historic great house where visitors view antiques and can purchase coffee to take home. The Express Tour is booked by reservation only (deposit required) and can be scheduled any day of the week departing Kingston between 8am and 2pm. What to bring: Comfortable shoes for hiking, bug dope and cash for a half-pound (USD 20) or a pound (USD 40) of beans.
Duration : 3 hours (including roundtrip travel time from Kingston)
Tour Rates: USD 25/adult, USD 15/child under 12
Transport: USD 100 for up to thee (3) passengers; add USD 25 for each additional passenger, USD 15 per child under 12
The Half-Day Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Tour begins with the 1.5 hour tour of UCC Craighton Estate as described in the Express Tour above. The visit to Craighton is followed by the Lunch & Garden Tour at Belcour Lodge, home of Belcour Preserves, a boutique producer of jams, hot sauces and preserves, all of them infused with honey produced on site in the farm's apiary. The gardens at Belcour are spectactular, with a citrus orchard, orchids galore and a spectacular collection of native and exotic plant species curated by Belcour Family Cookbook author Robin Lim Lumsden, who lives on property with her husband Michael Lumsden. The Mammee River meanders through the lower reaches of the property where a swimming hole is fit for a cool dip. Prepare to have your palette tantalized. The Half-Day Tour is booked by reservation only (deposit required) and can be scheduled to begin any day of the week departing Kingston between 8am and noon. What to bring: Comfortable walking shoes, a swimsuit and towel if you plan to cool off, bug dope and cash for sauces and preserves (USD 5) and a cookbook (USD 100).
Duration: 5 hours
Tour Rates: USD 55/adult, USD 35/child under 12
Transport: USD 150 for up to three (3) passengers; add USD 35 for each additional passenger, USD 20 per child under 12
The Full-Day Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Tour begins with a tour of UCC Craighton and is followed by the Lunch and Garden Tour at Belcour Lodge as described above in the Express and Half-Day tours. After lunch and relaxation in the gardens of Belcour, guests proceed to the Mavis Bank Coffee Factory, Jamaica's largest coffee processing plant, where a 45-minute tour lets visitors see firsthand how coffee is brought from more than 2,000 farms across the Blue and John Crow Mountains to be shucked, dried, sorted and roasted, or exported green in barrels, under the Jablum brand. The Full-Day Tour is booked by reservation only (deposit required) and can be scheduled to begin any day of the week departing Kingston between 8am and 9am. What to bring: Comfortable walking shoes, a swimsuit and towel if you plan to cool off at Belcour, bug dope and cash for coffee (USD 20-40), sauces and preserves (USD 5) or a cookbook (USD 100).
Duration: 8 hours
Tour Rates: USD 75/adult, USD 50/child under 12
Transport: USD 200 for up to 3 adults; add USD 50 per each additional adult, USD 30 per child under 12