I took the opportunity to go on a Cafe Brit tour.
They offer a few different tour options. I chose the Coffee Lovers tour. It included a pick-up at my hotel, a tour of their nursery and their roasting area, as well as a tour of a nearby wet mill operation.
The guides are great. They bring a bit of humour to things. Some of it's a bit campy, but that seems to be what they're going for. Overall I loved the tour. Two of the guides are in the picture below.
Some Ripe Coffee.
The Coffee Roaster (think of how many cups that would make me :) )
Quality Control is important. Have to check out the beans.
Here's Andrew learning to make Espresso.
And here's a very artistic Cappuccino.
All the tour participants were great. We had a couple of other Canadians (Vancouverites, but what can you do?) There was a couple from Belgium, Russell and his wife who were from Orlando (great people). We also met Claudia from Switzerland and Monica from Italy.
I spent a bit too much at the gift shop, but hey, it's coffee. It was a really great day.