If you’re like most people, then regardless of where you are in the world, you want a good cup of joe to begin your day. If you happen to be in Belize, you’ll be pleased to discover you won’t have to suffer.
Belize has some fantastic beans to brew. The local coffee industry is still small as of yet, but it’s also growing. Farming coffee beans isn’t too far different than farming cacao – something Belize specializes in. With the equally growing tourist industry demanding a quality way to start their day, you’ll be seeing more farmers producing local product in the years to come.
For right now, if you’re looking for some coffee to keep on hand in your condo, there’s one local brand you can pick up in most grocery stores in Placencia that won’t disappoint.
Gallon Jug Estate is produced under the canopy of the Mayan rainforest. Though it isn’t officially certified as “organic”, there are no herbicides, pesticides or fungicides are used in its production. It’s a flavorful and robust coffee, something loud and proud you’ll want to be sure to brew up strong.
If you want someone else to do the brewing, you’ve got a couple of great options in Placencia Village.
Brewed Awakenings with its ocean blue and palm tree green exterior may be just a shack with a covered patio, but behind the counter the ladies are working hard to produce a European quality java. You can order a large variety of espresso drinks from cappuchinos to americanos. But if you don’t have to be anywhere quickly (and in Belize who does?) order the French Press. It’s rich and strong and well worth the wait it takes to brew it up to perfection.
Just down the road towards the pier is Above Grounds. Started by an expat who imports coffee directly from farmers in Guatemala, it’s a small place, upstairs in a plantation style building, (thus the “above” in the name of the business) and has great atmosphere and good wifi.
You can hang out having your coffee in a real cup and talk with the locals, or take it to go and wander down to the beach and enjoy it with a view of the water. Life doesn’t get much better than starting the day like this.
Brett Renee Stone is a managing partner and director of communications for Palm Reef Resort.