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Nestled in the verdant hills of Southern Belize, Copal Tree Lodge offers a variety of agritourism adventures that celebrate local culture. The chocolate lover among you is invited to experience the Bean to Bar Class, which takes culinarians along the entire chocolate-making process. Coffee cupping classes are offered so guests can excite their senses with enchanting aromas and intoxicating flavors. For those seeking a spirits-driven experience in the jungle, head over to the Copalli Rum Distillery to get a true taste of Belize. Take the knowledge you gained from the rum tour to a Cocktail Mixology class to fully elevate your palette. There’s so much the jungle has to offer, so come discover it all for yourself.

Bean to Bar Chocolate Class

Our Bean to Bar Chocolate Class offers visitors to Copal Tree Lodge a very unique opportunity to understand and participate in the entire process of transforming high quality organic cacao into chocolate. Our brand-new Chocolate Workshop is air conditioned and contains state of the art equipment for long-conch professional quality chocolate bars as well as large granite surfaces and traditional volcanic matate for hand tempering and grinding.

The day starts with a visit to our cacao nursery where you will see cacao seeds sprouting and watch our expert hand grafters hard at work grafting rare, indigenous criollo cacao onto heartier high yielding varieties. We’ll crack open a pod and you’ll taste the pulpy, white, fresh cacao fruit. You’ll learn about the fermenting and drying process, walk through our Garden of Exotic Flavours and then, return to the farm centre where we’ll roast some cacao and you’ll see our universal concher churning out smooth, velvety chocolate liquor. Then roll up your sleeves and don an apron and our instructor will guide you as you learn to temper, both by hand and machine and mould your own chocolate bar to take home.

Schedule: Daily Monday to Friday, Saturdays or Sundays are based on request

Coffee Cupping

Join us at our coffee bar for an in-depth coffee tasting, or “cupping”;. The most important measure of coffee quality is flavour and we have sourced the best Central America has to offer. The main aim in cupping is to evaluate the coffee objectively and to create a flavour profile based on an established terminology. The basic attributes evaluated are: aroma, flavour, body and acidity. Your cupping journey will be led by our resident coffee expert.

Schedule: Daily on request and subject to availability

Rum Tour

We’re excited to welcome spirit enthusiasts to Belize’s newest rum distillery, where you will be guided through the sugar cane rum-making process of Copalli Rum. Crafted with passion and sustainability at its core, Copalli Rum is made with just three ingredients — non-GMO heirloom sugar cane, pure rainforest canopy water, and organic yeast — sourced from 22,000 acres of pristine rainforest in Belize.

From farm to flask, you’ll experience each step that goes into making single-origin sugar cane rum and learn what makes it unique. Start by touring the organic cane fields and harvesting your own sugar cane, before heading to the on-site distillery to learn the basics of rum-making and its evolution over time. Tour the entire distillery and bottling facility before heading to the Agricultural Center. Here, experts at Copal Tree Lodge will teach you how to taste spirits correctly and the science behind the practice. Finish the experience with a delicious lunch paired with Copalli Rum cocktails and Copal Tree chocolate.

Schedule: Daily on request and subject to availability

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Cocktail Mixology Class

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Let our resident experts in the art of mixing cocktails show you how to combine our farm fresh ingredients with an array of Caribbean rums or local spirits. This experience includes a shot of each Copalli Rum and a signature cocktail in our new Copalli Tasting Room.

Schedule: Daily on request and subject to availability.

Complete Culinary Tour

Enjoy all that Copal Tree Farms has to offer with the Complete Culinary Tour, a combination of all four of our top agri-tourism experiences. Learn to make chocolate in the Bean-to-Bar tour in the fully equipped Chocolate Workshop. Learn the art of coffee roasting and cupping with the Seed-to-Cup Coffee Cupping Class. Learn the history of rum and craft your own jungle cocktails with the Farm-to-Flask Mixology Class and Rum Distillery Immersion. This tour can be done in multiple days throughout your vacation.