Perching 800m above altitude at the top of a jungle-covered mountain in the heights of Paraiso, in the preserved province of Barahona, the 'La Mamie' coffee plantation is reached via a 45-minute 4x4 ride (or one hour on a mule) following a rough track. Along the way you cross rivers that require using a Camel Trophy, and come across children playing along the side of the road. Once at the top, you are rewarded with a magnificent panorama over the valley right up to the Caribbean Sea. This is where Joël, originally from the principality of Andorra, has been producing 100% organic arabica coffee since August 2008. Joël and his wife also host guests in their beachside home in Los Patos.
Once up top, you are rewarded by a magnificent panorama over the valley up to the Caribbean Sea.© Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE
This is where Joël, originally from the principality of Andorra, has been producing 100% organic arabica coffee since August 2008.© Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE
Named in tribute to his deceased mother, La Mamie is an affectionate nickname for the women in the country (not just mothers but also sisters, aunts, nieces, grandmothers, mothers-in-law?).© Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE
After a long elaboration process, the coffee is carried on the back of a mule to the village of Paraiso.© Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE
One packet costs £8.© Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE