Café Don Ruiz
Café Don Ruiz began with Eugenio Ruiz – “Don Ruiz,” who believed in Puerto Rico as one of the world’s best coffee destinations and started cultivating coffee following his grandfather’s coffee passion by the end of 1800s in Yauco, which is the most famous coffee region in the southwestern side of the island. It’s a third generation coffee heritage offering the best coffee to your table. The coffee harvested at over 3000ft is 100% Arabica coffee beans.
Today, his specialty coffee is processed by his sons in both green and roasted beans. The wet and dry beneficiado use the latest efficient and eco-friendly equipment, recycling water and reducing the CO2 emissions during the drying process. The guardiolas are custom made with variable frequency drives and temperature controls to keep a homogeneous drying process, resulting in high quality and flavorful beans. The beans are stored under temperature and humidity controls rooms also inside ProGrain bags.
Don Ruiz Coffee Shop is located in the Old San Juan, inside Ballajá, which is a building that was built from 1854 to 1864 for the Spanish troops who established in the island. Today, the building is used for educational and cultural activities, as music school, museums as Museo de las Americas, which is the most important museum in the Caribbean with the history of the humanity from North to South America, as well as restaurants, including Don Ruiz Roastery, Museum and Cafe.
The shop specializes in coffee preparation, from traditional espresso to different kinds of brewing or pour over methods, always using our single origin specialty coffee from Yauco, Puerto Rico. The shop is complemented with our roastery and coffee museum facilities.
In Don Ruiz you can enjoy from a delicious espresso to a magnificent iced coffee, also pared it with fine pastries, sandwiches, or just simple visit it for a great souvenirs as coffee bags, fine rums and cigars from Puerto Rico.
Don Ruiz Coffee Shop has two roastery facilities, the main one at the Hacienda and a small one for small batches inside the store. The coffee is roasted during the shop operations hours bringing the opportunity to our customers to enjoy the process.
Taza de Oro Award (Golden Cup Award)@ Coffee & Chocolate Expo, Puerto Rico 2019 – 2nd Place.
The Hacienda Muñoz is located in the mountains of San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico. This coffee farm is owned by Hector Muñoz, who is the master roaster of the Hacienda, a Certified Coffee Taster by SCA (Specialty Coffee Association of America) and an avid entrepreneur who has a great team of coffee connoisseurs working alongside. He dedicates most of his time cultivating, caring and also teaching how to grow coffee trees to whomever is interested. Everyone who works at the Hacienda Muñoz welcomes visitors with a friendly smile and talks passionately and genuinely about their coffee, making everyone feel at home. You can sit outdoors, look out at the farm and enjoy a cup of coffee. Most likely, you will spot Isabela, the farm donkey, or the beautiful peacocks with their majestic feathers. The presence of roaming roosters and chickens remind you that you are in the middle of the mountains, surrounded by peace and nature. (See more pics.)
The Hacienda Muñoz has dedicated the majority of its land to the cultivation of coffee, counting with more than 4,000 cultivated trees and its coffee roasting plant. With advanced and efficient roasting techniques, this Hacienda offers to the island of Puerto Rico and all customers different alternatives of coffee to bring to your table. At the Hacienda Muñoz, they feel a commitment to the education of the coffee history in Puerto Rico. They offer a tour of their hacienda, where you will learn about the cultivation, care, harvesting, roasting and packing of their coffee. They also have two restaurants inside the Hacienda as well as Doppio, the coffee bar, where you can stop by for a fresh cup of coffee at any time of the day.
In Sr. Muñoz own words: “ These are all the different types of innovative roasts that we do at Hacienda Muñoz. This is our specialty here, to roast the coffee in a way where we convey a bit of art, bit of chemistry and a bit of physics. ”
Best Coffee – People’s Choice Award @ Coffee & Chocolate Expo, Puerto Rico 2016, 2017 & 2019