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Belize: Learn the rich art of making coffee, from field to cup

December 11, 2012|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  • One of 12 rooms at the lodge at Belcampo Belize, a farm and rain forest preserve in southern Belize.
One of 12 rooms at the lodge at Belcampo Belize, a farm and rain forest preserve… (Belcampo Belize )

Discover the secret life of coffee in a master class held at Belcampo Belize, a farm and rain forest preserve in the coastal hills of southern Belize. James Freeman of Blue Bottle Coffee teaches guests the fine points of coffee-making -- not in a pot, but from field to cup.

Five days are spent examining coffee's plant cycle, learning roasting practices and tasting different blends in the quest to become a "master barista." It all takes place at Belcampo, where a new 12-room lodge has been built in this remote and lush setting. While not in class, participants may canoe the Rio Grande or go snorkeling in the Belize Barrier Reef.

(In case coffee isn't your thing, this farm retreat that accents sustainability and conservation offers other teachable moments on cacao, the culture and history of rum and a chocolate master course. Check class options and dates on the website.)

When: The coffee course runs from Jan. 21 to 26.

Price: $4,961 (single course participant) to $6,086 (two course participants) per person, double occupancy. It includes transfers from the airstrip at Punta Gorda, lodgings, meals and daily guided coffee tours and tastings. International airfare is extra.

Contact: Belcampo Belize

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