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#76893 - 12/04/03 09:38 AM Coffee  
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boatgirl Offline
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Is the coffee that I can purchase at the market in San Pedro exceptional or comparable to Costa Rican coffee? If I can only get Folgers or something generic I'd rather grind and bring some of my own.


#76894 - 12/04/03 11:23 AM Re: Coffee  
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Here are some idea's fellow coffee lover. In San Pedro, there can be found some good coffees at the Supermarkets. Isabel's is a brand that comes to mind. The best are the better blends of Guatemalan Coffee's. Belize also produces coffee. I have not had any yet, it is rather expensive, sold in vacuum packed pouches. For a sit-down cup of coffee, try Cafe Ole across the street from the Tropic Air terminal.

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#76895 - 12/04/03 12:01 PM Re: Coffee  
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boatgirl Offline
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Thanks Bill. I will give their coffee a try. I don't mind spending for something I really enjoy.

#76896 - 12/04/03 05:19 PM Re: Coffee  
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Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
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Gallon Jug coffee (to which Bill refers) is pretty good. Bowen is the only commercial producer of coffee in Belize -- his farm manager brought the plants in from Costa Rica. But it's not as good as Costa Rica or Guatemala coffee because it's grown at a lower elevation.

I second Cafe Ole as having good coffee, but some of the other San Pedro hotels and restaurants have okay coffee. On the mainland, especially around San Ignacio, the better places serve good Guatemalan coffee, and a few lodges, Blancaneaux, Hidden Valley and Chan Chich (at Gallon Jug) grow and roast their own coffee.

Used to be in Belize, and at some place it's still the case, all you can get is instant. 'Course, it wasn't that long ago that even at the best hotels in Belize the "juice" at breakfast was Tang.

Things have really changed for the better in the past eight or ten years.

--Lan Sluder

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#76897 - 12/04/03 09:49 PM Re: Coffee  
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Hidden Valley In up in the Pine Ridge also grows coffee but in limited amounts. It is kind of weak in myu opinion. If you like good good coffee....bring it!

#76898 - 12/04/03 11:47 PM Re: Coffee  
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Two years ago I asked the same question on here for our trip to SP. We bought a local brand in the supermarket. It was ok. In my opinion the coffee bought at some of the stands to go was pretty bad. Very weak. We will be bringing our own this next trip. I agree with Barbara K. Enjoy your trip!! smile

#76899 - 12/06/03 03:10 AM Re: Coffee  
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Being a morning coffee drinker and having just returned from Costa Rica, you cannot beat their coffee. I have always brought my own coffee to Belize - grind up my favorite beans and put it in a zip loc baggie. Good to go.

#76900 - 12/08/03 09:13 AM Re: Coffee  
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Can it really be true that you can't buy good coffee at the supermarkets on AC? I figured that Guatemalan coffee would be easy to come by there. We are not coffee snobs...but drink plenty of the stuff. Thought we would bring enough for the first day but hoped to pick up some there for the rest of the trip. What would you pay for a pound of Guatemalan coffee and where can you buy it?

#76901 - 12/08/03 07:38 PM Re: Coffee  
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Barbara K Offline
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It's true. BYOC if you really care!

#76902 - 12/08/03 10:06 PM Re: Coffee  
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RMT Offline
RMT  Offline is true. After having been in Brazil and some other countries where the coffee is really good I expected the same. I am definately bringing enough for 16 days when come in March Mikell.

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