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FRINJ Coffee Farms California

☕️ Yes, You Can & Should Visit Coffee Farms in the US ✅

Quality coffee is all the rage (proud coffee nerd here!), and coffee growers around the world have opened up their farms to visitors interested in witnessing what they do firsthand. But did you know that you can visit coffee farms without leaving the US soil? That’s right, Hawaii, California, and Puerto Rico all have visitor-friendly coffee farms that you can check out without even being in possession of a passport! (Though we still recommend that you get a passport if you don’t have one)

Read on to learn all about visiting coffee farms in the US.

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Having spent a few years working as a barista myself, I developed a bit of an obsession with the perfect cup. But even if you only drink the occasional cup at home, a coffee farm visit could still be a valuable, fun experience for you. Seeing coffee plants yourself and learning about all the labor-intensive steps to processing beans is well worthwhile. That's not to mention, many US farms have coffee to drink on site.

I’ve visited various size coffee-growing operations abroad, but my experience visiting coffee farms in the US is so far limited to Hawaii's Greenwell Farms on the Big Island of Hawaii and the Kauai Coffee Plantation on Kauai. They both offered a great intro to seeing how coffee is grown domestically, and both happen to offer complimentary tours and free coffee tasting. If you're already visiting Hawaii, checking a farm out is a no-brainer!

*Photo taken by David Greer at Kauai Coffee Plantation

Moreover, when you’re in Honolulu and looking for a great cup of coffee grown in the state, look no further than Kona Coffee Purveyors. They always have a rotating cup of delicious Kona Coffee on drip, Hawaii-grown espresso drinks, and sell a selection of Hawaii-grown beans; not to mention it’s about two blocks from Waikiki Beach. (For more Honolulu tips check out our Instagram) Admittedly, I haven't yet been to every specialty coffee shop in Hawaii, but the Purveyors are a great place to start!

*Photo taken by David Greer at Kauai Coffee Plantation

As for California farms, I'd bet many of you are as surprised as I was to find out that the Golden State has a lively coffee growing scene. I’ve yet to visit any Cali farms personally, but they’re on my list, and for many, they're probably the easiest to get to.

The first place to look if you want to plan a Cali coffee visit is probably going to be the FRINJ Coffee Experience Tour. As far as I can tell, there's no daily free tour operating in California as of yet, but given the fast-paced growth of coffee cultivation in California that might change soon! The FRINJ experience has somewhat limited dates and costs $150.

It's Puerto Rico, however, that has the longest history of growing coffee on what is now US soil, with many smaller farms around the island. The closest to San Juan is Hacienda Muñoz, which offers 1-hour-and-15-minute tours for $20 and has a coffee bar on site. It's about a 30-minute drive from the city.

On a last note, Florida has an ideal location within the coffee belt for coffee production, but lacks the altitude at which coffee normally grows best. Nevertheless, folks at the University of Florida are currently researching the possibility of growing coffee in the Sunshine State. That sure would be a lot closer by for you East Coast pirates!

So pirates, which US coffee-growing destination will your next trip be to?

*All photos not cited elsewhere are courtesy of Frinj Coffee & Good Land Organics

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