About Kew Park
The Kew Park Estate is located in the hills of western Jamaica, roughly 20 miles south of Montego Bay. For 10 generations the property has been handed down, its owners and caretakers farming everything from tropical fruits to chickens and goats. Today, the chickens and goats still roam the property, but our main products are premium-grade shade grown coffee and a line of essential oils made from plants grown in Kew Park.
We have made environmental sustainability a priority at Kew Park in everything we grow. The combination of hardwood forest and coffee plants maintains a balance that is key to maintaining the tropical forest's nutrient-rich soil. As a result, the farm supports thousands of plant and animal species. Our efforts have been featured in articles in the National Geographic and Audubon Magazine.
'Are Birds Best Hope for Pest-Ridden Coffee Crops?' http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/08/080826-jamaica-coffee-birds-missions.html
'What Do Birds Do for Us?' http://mag.audubon.org/articles/birds/what-do-birds-do-us
Coffee harvesting has been carefully expanded over the past 20 years to fit the coffee to the land, working always for the long term sustainability of the farm, the people who work there, and the environment on which it depends. The coffee trees have been planted among hardwood forests for a harmony of light and shade that allows the coffee cherries to ripen slowly on the bushes. Cherries are then hand picked to ensure that every berry is fully ripe before it gets processed and roasted, giving it a robust flavor that few conventional coffee growers can match.
Our line of essential oils was born more recently, and were inspired by the rich diversity of the scents, herbs and spices to be found in Jamaica. The essential oils are distilled in a renewable process to extract essential oils from the allspice, lemongrass, and citrus plants grown on the grounds of our farm. A few drops of the essential oils can be added to baths, compresses, diffusers or footbaths.
Thanks for taking the time to read about our farm, and please take a look through our catalogs. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.