Travel Haiti’s Coffee Lands w/ Singing Rooster

Ripe coffee cherry, Haiti

Embark on an adventure of a lifetime with a trip to Haiti’s coffee lands.  Haiti was the world’s third largest coffee producer in 1949.  After decades of dormancy, Singing Rooster, a social enterprise nonprofit, has been working directly with farmers since 2009.  Together, we’re putting Haiti’s reputation back on the world’s coffee stage.  Join us on a tour of Haiti’s coffee mecca, Thiotte, where you’ll visit family farms, farmer-owned processing centers, and experience rural Haiti.  This tour provides insight into something rare– where getting there is half the fun.

We’ll tour our demonstration farm that is changing how farmers think about and process coffee.  Singing Rooster’s coffee farm shows Haitian farmers best practices.  It’s working.   #haitiancoffee   #yourcupmatters

Trip Overview

  • 7-days, 6-nights
  • 2 nights in Port Au Prince (coming & going)
  • 3 nights in Thiotte (Haiti’s coffee mecca)
  • In-country transportation, 2 daily meals, lodging covered
  • Cost – $980 per person (you cover flight to/from Port au Prince + $10 entrance fee)
  • 8 people max per trip
  • Age minimum = 18
  • Physical requirements: traveling long hours over bumpy roads, hiking, & limited access to facilities

Justin Dena, Singing Rooster’s Director of Development. Luxo Merisier, Singing Rooster’s Farm Manager

Trip Guide:  Justin Dena is Singing Rooster’s Director of Business Development and is an experienced traveler in Haiti.  He is certified as an EMT and is a Marine Corps Veteran.  He’s a nice respectful guy — full of curiosity with insight and advocacy for Haitian farmers.  He will make your trip worthwhile!

“Traveling with Justin is fun.  He’s full of adventure and practicality — just what you want in a guide.  When our truck broke down, he jumped on a 4-wheeler and took charge of getting us to where we needed to be.”   Molly Nicaise (can’t stand roosters,  but loves Haitian coffee)

Option 1 Travel Dates:   October 26 – October 31 (stay later on your own?)
Option 2 Travel Dates:   January 11 – January 17 (stay later on your own?)
Option 3 Travel Dates:   January 18 – January 24 (stay later on your own?)

You in?  Reserve your spot today – only 8 seats per trip   Tell Justin which option you prefer.

General Itinerary / Events You’ll Experience: 

Day 1:  Friday arrival in Port au Prince. Shared evening meal at local hotel:  introductions, trip details, overview of Haiti including learning creole phrases.

Day 2:  Saturday begins with an early breakfast, then departure.  Tour Singing Rooster’s coffee roastery and processing center on the way out of town.  Embark on a 4 hour drive over 80 miles of rough terrain.  Stop at the Pine Forest Saturday Market (something you’ll never forget).  Visit farmer co-op processing station after a late lunch.  Overnight in Thiotte.

Day 3:  Sunday begins w/ a tour of Singing Rooster’s demonstration farms:   see how coffee grows and is transforming Haiti’s bare mountain landscape. Includes hiking on small, rocky (and occasionally slippery) paths.  Good shoes & attitude required.

Day 4:  Monday tour a family farm.  Visit local farmer co-ops, nursery, roastery, & facility.

Day 5:  Tuesday we’ll visit the coast — day at the beach near Anse a Pitre.

Day 6:  Wednesday morning, we’ll head back to Croix des Bouquets (12 km from Port au Price) where we’ll visit the fabulous metal art district.  Lunch at local restaurant.  Check into hotel.  Visit waterfalls.  Evening meal together.

Day 7:  Thursday morning debriefing over breakfast.  Travel to airport.

Trip is suited for glampers — glamorous campers (Haiti’s country guest houses are basic):

  • shared rooms & bathrooms
  • occasional hot rooms (no fans – pack a mini fan?)
  • occasional electrical outages
  • little or no water pressure in your cold shower
  • periodic cell phone coverage in the mountains
  • basic mattresses & pillows
  • dogs barking, roosters crowing (not just at dawn)
  • occasional smoke from outdoor cookeries (they cook by fire)
  • occasional exhaust from heavy traffic
  • lots of dusty, unpaved & bumpy roads
  • hiking on rocky, slippery paths
  • lots of creole chicken, rice & beans!

 Please note:  traveling 80 miles through the mountains is slow-going, bumpy, and a tad tiring.  But there is a lot to see along the way, and it’s a grand adventure.  We’ll travel in a Toyota land cruiser that has 2 benches for seating.  We can draw a lottery for the front seat!  We’ll stop along the way to stretch legs and take photos.  Experienced, trusted driver.

What to bring:  we’ll email a travel checklist full of good things to pack.

We want you to love Haiti as much as we do.  When we travel in small groups to places off the map – it changes us.  It changes how we think, how we interact, and it inspires us in ways unanticipated.  Join us.

#visithaiti

#haitiancoffee

#tourcoffeelands

#yourcupmatters