La Grivelière – Coffee Museum
La Grivelière – Coffee Museum
La Grivelière – Coffee Museum is an historical place located in “Grande Rivière” valley, more precisely in the township of “Vieux-Habitants”. “Caféière Saint-Joseph” was the former name and became La Grivelière in 1843. At the end of the 18th century, La Grivelière – Coffee Museum was subject to multiple agricultural productions such as cocoa, vanilla and coffee.
In 1987, the museum has been listed historic monument due to its active position in the economic history of the plantations. A year after, the property was acquired by the regional council and in 1997, an association called “Verte Vallée” started to manage and restore it.
Association “Verte Vallée” (Green Valley)
The association “Verte Vallée” created in 1994 is responsible for the heritage protection and local development of “Grande Rivière” valley. “Verte Vallée” is entirely in charge of La Grivelière – Coffee Museum.
Today, it is possible to have a guided tour of the property. This will allow you to find out more about the former plantation. For instance, agricultural buildings such as the Bonifierie*, the former windmills, the cocoa shed and the baker’s oven shed are still there. The stable, the master’s house and the terrace are others interesting spots to learn more about.
A guided tour of La Grivelière – Coffee Museum, is also about visiting the small botanical garden, the table d’hôtes, the souvenir shop and assisting in workshops on coffee and cocoa productions.
*Bonifierie: place where the coffee was dried and roasted
The 100% local Arabica Coffee
The Arabica coffee is called “Le Bonifieur Guadeloupe”. The name Bonifieur is French meaning “to improve”, and is derived from the coffee’s enhancing qualities. The Guadeloupe Bonifieur is considered by connoisseurs as one of the best coffees in the world.
The table d’hôtes
If you are hungry while visiting the site, don’t worry. The table d’hôtes is another great service of La Grivelière – Coffee Museum. You will be able to find seasonal and diversified vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices. All the fresh products come from the property and are highlighted through a traditional and creative Creole cuisine. The bread is made on-site like in the past, freshly baked in a wood-fired oven.
Each day, there is a different special dish coming in multiple formulas.
Regularly during the year, there are different celebrations promoting coffee, cocoa and vanilla cultures.
The souvenir shop
Don’t forget to stop by the souvenir shop before leaving.
The flagship products are:
- The Arabica coffee “Le Bonifieur Guadeloupe”
- The cocoa
- The tropical fruits liqueurs
But there will be a wide range of confectioneries, chocolate, honey, local crisps, spices, cosmetics products as well as arts and crafts too.
La Grivelière – Coffee Museum is an authentic and historic place not to be missed when coming over Basse-terre Island.