is located at an altitude of an average of 3,800 feet (1,200 meters) in
the Blue Mountains. The farm is just below the 100 year old Cinchona Botanical
Gardens, in the Yallahs Valley. The 1.5 hour drive from Kingston follows
the main road through Mavis Bank, crossing the Yallahs river and up to
Resource Coffee Farm has been owned by Cecil Langford for over 40 years.
The coffee growing sections have expanded from 10 acres (4 Hectares),
when he bought the farm, to a full 30 acres (12 Hectares) today. However,
in the past the property was much bigger and even supported its own processing
facility. The ruins of the pulping sections and barbecues remain, although
now the coffee is transported to the Sherwood Factory for processing.
The coffee trees are mostly located on the northwestern slopes of the
mountain. Irrigation is provided by the perennial stream running along
the northern border. A permanent staff of 4 is complemented by up to 60
local people during reaping times (November to early May).
Currently, the farm is managed by Gordon Langford (son of Cecil Langford)
who, after 20 years marketing Blue Mountain Coffee in Europe, returned
to Jamaica in 1996.
an area of over one thousand acres ranging from an elevation of 2,500
feet to over 5,600 feet, Sherwood Forest is one of the largest
intact original Blue Mountain coffee plantations. Consisting of the conjoined
original "Patent" Plantations of Sherwood Forest &
Eccleston Plantations, Upper New Battle and Lower New
Battle, coffee has been grown here almost continuously since the late
of Sherwood's coffee plantings are scattered in the tree shaded valleys
through which run seasonal springs and cool night breezes. Each individual
planting has been chosen for the richest soil, the proper sunlight, and
the best growing conditions.
jewel is her planting at what we call "Big Level".
This magnificent sloping area at the 4,400 foot level is about
one hundred acres in size. It is the largest gentle slope at this elevation
in the Blue Mountains. With its deep, rich, reddish volcanic soil, caressed
by the cool mists drifting off Blue Mountain peak 3,000 feet above, Big
Level produces our highest quality coffee.
Works once processed the coffee from many of the other Blue Mountain estates,
including Arntully, Radnor, Brook Lodge, Minto,
Epping Farm and Abbey Green. Now it exclusively produces
the finest coffee for RSW Estates.
Hall coffee farm and Hostel is situated at an elevation of 4,000 ft.
in the heart of the Blue Mountains, and is the final overnight resting
place directly on the main hiking trail leading to Portland Gap and the
Blue Mountain Peak.
original property was a patent issued to William Whitfield in 1776 for
coffee production. It had its own factory which was destroyed in the massive
flood rains of 1909. Coffee was produced on all of the 300 acre property
until 1939. It was subdivided after the second World War. Whitfield
Hall's coffee is now produced on the most desirable forty acres surrounding
the original Great House with it's cathedral ceilings, cheery
fireplace, time darkened hand hewn beams and gently hissing antique "Tilley"
kerosene lamps (no electricity). It is now owned by the Allgrove
family, whose family history and roots in the immediate district date
back over 60 years.
Production from the current forty acres approaches what the original 300
acres produced before the second World War. This is a result of intensive
management practices and attention to detail. As with the other Estates,
Whitfield Hall produces what we think is the best Blue Mountain Coffee
The Great House is operated as a hostel, primarily for
to the "Peak", and has a detached private cottage which is
One may wish to stay longer, tour the RSW farms, or the Sherwood Factory,
and enjoy this laid-back, friendly and beautiful part of Jamaica. Reservations
(876) 927-0986; visit the website: www.whitfieldhall.com or
you may contact: John Allgrove, 8 Armon Jones Crescent, Kingston 6, Jamaica,