Café Gran Batey in Utuado

A few weeks ago we paid a visit to the Café Gran Batey in Utuado, PR, a really easy find off of road 111. Ideally you could visit here and then head over to the Caguana Indigenous Ceremonial Park, a short drive down the same road and then finish everything off with some ice cream in Lares.

We arrived pretty late in the afternoon, thanks to getting lost on the way to the Agricultores Unidos del Centro (AUC) earlier. It looked like we had missed the boat on buying a couple of bags of coffee but after gawking at the geese and petting a friendly cat we were soon greeted by a wonderful lady by the name of Lotty. After introductions and telling her a little bit about ourselves she invited us inside, along with her adorable grand daughter.

Soon, her husband Bernardo joined us and we were having a great time discussing their extensive knowledge of coffee production, the history of the farm and each others work and family life. During our chat, we were graciously offered a cup of coffee and fell in love with it instantly.  Let’s just say I have never been a coffee person but I was converted that day.

Since it was getting a little late in the day, we said our goodbyes and said we would be back for an “official tour” another time. Next time they’ll be first on our weekend list so we have lots of leisurely time to soak it all in.

Btw, check out the sweet vintage Land Rover and no, he’s not selling. :)

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