Enjoyed visiting the plantation and Mrs Twyman was a friendly and knowledgeable host. We saw here home, an example of the roasting process and some of the plants. Enjoyed some delicious coffee and biscuits and also the views. Well worth the trip.
I'm not a coffee drinker at all, after all I'm a tea aficionado through and through, however since I'm already here, why not experience the road less walked on? The road conditions here are terribly horrible with its scary two-way traffic nearly one-land half-done potholes-full mountain roads, on top of the reckless Jamaican drivers who have little regard for safety or traffic rules, in addition to the absolute absence of blindspot mirrors at each and everyone of the many blind corners at the numerous hairpin turns. But once you are up here, you will be handsomely rewarded with good views, warm reception (except from the fierce guard dogs, beware of the chained black one, she bites hard, and my tushy was a victim!) This Old Tavern coffee estate is owned by the local White Jamaican Twyman family, of whom the matriarch and proprietress, Dorothy still lives on the property on a permanent basis, in a cozy cottage perched above the coffee plantation. She's a lovely lady, who when asked about the history of coffee, would dwell on it with detail. She would first give you a short tour of the environs, then next to the small processing room where coffee berries are sorted and later roasted on less technologically advanced equipment, which in fact it's a labour intensive and time consuming exercise to sieve through the good and bad beans. Subsequently she would let you try the unroasted coffee bean and their range of roasted beans, to which you can choose one of them for her to brew a cup of premium joe for you right there and then, and she would then serve it to you with an assortment of cookies, for you to enjoy them in the indoor veranda overlooking the immense beauty of the valley below that her farm is on. Thereafter you can go on a self-guided walk through the grounds, going close to the coffee trees themselves, but be warned, it's quite a hike back up. The entire experience is FOC, and there's no obligation to buy a packet of freshly roasted coffee beans which cost US$20 or J$2000, but unless you are a miserly cheapskate, how could you not get at least one, when it's good coffee at such a good price?
First of all, getting here was HELL ON EARTH!! The roads to get there are SO BAD, it was more painful than the 14 mile hike. We started at 2 am on the hike in the dark with a guide and headlamps. We made it 7 miles in 2.48 hrs. Got up before the sunrise but the fog and rain moved in so we never got to see it. That trail is difficult, and definitely kicked our butts and we live in Seattle and hike often. The last 1.5 miles of the trail take seemingly forever. I would recommend doing this trail maybe during the day so you can see stuff, We missed out cause of the weather but it could have been amazing otherwise. Its all a crapshoot really. I would say do it if you have the endurance cause you will need it , for the hike AND the car ride!!
My boyfriend and I were staying nearby, and our hotel offered a tour to Mrs. Twyman's. I expected a large plantation and maybe a big building for a factory, but instead it was a lovely home! The view of the mountains from her sun room took my breath away. You can watch storms dissipate in seconds while you enjoy the coffee she prepared for you after explaining the roasting process and tasting the different types of beans. while we were there, some neighbors even stopped by to get some coffee, the whole visit felt as if we were at a close friend's home. Don't miss out!Mrs. Twyman simply shows you the roasting process, let's you taste the beans, gives you a taste of your favorite type and let's the coffee do the advertising for itself. In the end you have an opportunity to buy the coffee, though she took credit cards it definitely seemed to be an inconvenience and I would recommend having cash along. ~$25-30 for a half pound if excellent coffee.
It was a beginning of our trip around Jamaica. The road to Lime Three Farm is challenging (or perfect if you like 4WD), but it leads you to a special place you want to come back to again. The views, the beauty of Blue Mountains, its quietness, far away from the noise and rush. But the most magnificent were people. The owners of the Farm - Suzie and Charlie - made us feel like at home (although they saw us for the first time). We were spending the evenings with them, eating together fantastic home made typical Jamaican food (Suzie is an amazing cooker), talking, laughing, listening to the Jamaican music. During the days we had trips over Blue Mountains, through the local, small villages and coffee plantations. After the trips we could rest in comfortable rooms and listened to singing birds. We saw, found out and understood about Jamaica much more than during next days of traveling. Our almost 7 years old son quickly became a friend with Alex - the owners 8 years old son. We did not want to leave the Farm at all. We really had a fabulous three perfect days there. It was the best part of our holiday,