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“The highlight of our trip to Puerto Rico”
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Hacienda Pomarrosa
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

We enjoyed everything about our stay here. Kurt was a most hospitable host, an excellent cook and a most informative guide. We arrived in the rain but the beauty of this delightful coffee estate immediately took our breath away. We stayed in the smaller cottage which was furnished beautifully, had a lovely balcony, good bathroom and was exceptionally clean. We would thoroughly recommend eating dinner here as the food was good and wholesome. We brought our own wine as we had been advised by Kurt so to do.
The next morning, after a lovely breakfast, Kurt took us on a tour of the coffee estate and explained the whole process of coffee growing. We just wished that we had been able to spend longer.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 July 2013

4 of us made the adventurous drive up to the pomarossa plantation. We were very impressed by kurt's intimate and personable world historical speach on the origins up to current day coffee industry situation in puerto rico. He spent at least 4 hours speaking and walking his farm. You'll find this very captivating learning much about coffee you didn't previously know and you'll walk away with an appreciation for what's involved with your cup of coffee. You must visit for your own experience.

Stayed: July 2013
2  Thank maddog2226
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Reviewed 16 July 2013

Kurt, Eva and Sebastian were the consummate hosts.
The Hacienda was immaculate. The food was gourmet,
fresh, local and delicious. Kurt adjusted to my vegetarian
diet and made the most delicious tofu burgers I have
ever had.

The coffee tour was fascinating and informative. I
have a whole new appreciation for all the work and
energy that goes in to the beans needed for every
cup of coffee I drink.

We can not recommend this special restful mountain
retreat enough. Simple, elegant and pleasant.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Kristin_1984
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Reviewed 29 April 2013

we were late for the tour due to traffic but Kurt and other people in the group were all very nice and waited for us. Kurt started the tour by telling us history of coffee, he is a very good story teller and makes us all laugh through out the session and it's very educating. After the stories, he took us to the coffee plantation and show us how the coffee is made. There's coffee tasting with homemade dessert after the tour. Overall, the tour is well worth the $15 fee. Highly recommend the tour especially if you're a coffee lover. The road to the cafe is quite steep, drive safely. There's a restaurant called "Al Sur" in Ponce which was recommended by Kurt, it was indeed very good!! If you plan to stop by Ponce after the coffee tour, this would be a lovely dinner choice. It's inside the art museum.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank SarahWang0609
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Reviewed 26 April 2013

This is not just a bed and breakfast: it's also a coffee plantation! My mom and i secured a visit last minute because by chance i found reviews online and the owner sent me instructions on how to get to his Hacienda which were very helpful as we came up the mountain.

You will be told it takes two hours from San Juan to here (and i drive fast) but the reality is more like 3 hours when you are not sure and you hesitate, etc. I was worried about this so we left early and luckily, were the first to arrive. No one arrived on time except us.

This is the only "bad" part: Although the tour takes two hours, this is from start to end and does not include 1) waiting for the late comers to start the tour and 2) waiting for everyone who has arrived to use the one restroom 3) paying for visit/buying coffee; the larger the group the longer it takes. Therefore, you want to be smart, and allocate yourself one day to do this visit. We arrived at 11 am and left at 2:30.. After that, you have to drive down the mountain and by that time, you are hungry! So.. it's not a "bad" part if you were smart and planned well and assumed it would take almost all day.. I was not and therefore missed out on my afternoon activity because after the lunch we had it was almost 4:30 and then we had to head back towards Ponce.. which is another 45 minutes.

*The owner will indicate a good address for you to have lunch at the bottom of the mountain! LISTEN to him! It's a great place with a great view. Some of the people in the group said they would go but did not.. and they missed out. Get good directions though because your GPS will not find it. Its easy though; once you descend the mountain, you take a right towards Adjuntas on route 10 (not left towards Ponce) and you drive a little under ten minutes and on the right hand side; you will see the restaurant on top of a hill.*

Going back to the coffee visit: time was my only regret: i had expected the tour to be 2 hours in and out, and therefore that at the end of the tour i would descend down the mountain and do another visit i had planned, but this was not the case at all. it's partially my fault because in order to enjoy this place: you can't be in a rush anyway.. so i just had to say goodbye to my afternoon plan.

As far as the visit itself and the coffee plantation: it's in a really gorgeous setting. We were greeted very warmly by a German man whom has been living in PR for 42 years and whom is passionate about coffee! He treated us to a special house brew (so good) in his cool outdoor kitchen with tiles imported from Mexico and as guests arrived, we mingled with people from everywhere which was quite fun and makes the experience cooler. Once everyone had arrived, we started the tour.

The tour is composed in two parts: 1) information on the history of coffee 2) visit of the plantation and the process by which coffee is grown.

In the end, we were treated to espresso and were able to pay for the tour ($15 pp) and buy coffee if we wanted -which of course everyone should do because 1) its good and 2) it helps the owner.

The owner is a kind man whom has lived an interesting life, taken a risk and followed his passion! I highly recommend checking this place out when you are in PR for more than a couple days. It's definitely another world up in the lush mountains!

:)

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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 April 2013

Pomarrosa Hacienda was a delightful experience. Kurt was a very gracious host and provided us a great deal of information about the coffee growing process. The coffee and banana bread were excellent. The views are gorgeous. I would love to spend a night or two in one of the casitas which were charming and immaculate. highly recommend. a little diffecult to find, allow extra time.

Room Tip: stay here if you want some very quiet down time in nature.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Elizabetharrabito
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Reviewed 1 April 2013

We had a nice time, Kurt and Eva are very nice people. Loved the tour, Kurt is very knowledgeable and gives an entertaining history of coffee in Puerto Rico. The Casita was nice, loved the hammock on the porch. I will say the bed is a little hard, though. Everything is very pretty, nice, Kurt makes a good breakfast too! Wow that fresh-squeezed orange juice is one of a kind! Wish we could have seen the coffee actually being processed but that wasn't in the cards for our March trip.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hacienda Pomarrosa

Address: Carr. 511 Esq. Carr. 143 | Barrio Anon Sector Hogares Seguros, Ponce 00715, Puerto Rico
Region: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Ponce
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Ponce
Price Range: £95 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Visit Hacienda Pomarrosa and stay in one of our two "casitas." During your stay, you will be able to admire a very well preserved, cozy, and relaxing "hacienda" in the midst of dazzling surroundings, with the breeze of the fresh mountain air. Also, you will learn interesting facts about the history of coffee in Puerto Rico, as well as all of the aspects that involve growing, roasting and processing coffee. ... more   less 

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