You’ve probably noticed, especially if you’re a coffee lover, that some of the best coffee beans hail from far-flung countries like Brazil, Vietnam, Colombia, Indonesia, and Ethiopia. But what you probably don’t know is that we’ve got a hidden gem right here on the California Central Coast for all you java connoisseurs, adventure seekers, and families looking for a unique experience: Dewlson Family Farm!
Before we learn about the farm, its crops, and the one-of-a-kind tours they offer, let’s dive into how Dewlson Family Farm came to be.
Dewlson Family Farm’s History
After retiring from long careers in the U.S. Navy, Judy Paulson and Ron Dewey decided to embark on an entirely new adventure: They opened a farm right here in the heart of Santa Maria Valley in 2010, with its namesake being a combination of the co-owners’ last names. And, boy, is growing coffee in the coast’s windy and sometime freezing conditions quite the challenge.
“Coffee is not normally grown here, so we’ve created an artificial environment,” Paulson explained during a tour through the greenhouses that shield five varieties of Arabica coffee. Thankfully, to their great delight, tea is quite happy with the weather conditions.
But this isn’t just a farm. This is a legacy.
When Judy and Ron dreamed up the farm, they envisioned something they could pass down through generations. (You can see their progress in the family photos proudly displayed in the tasting room.) Their children are second-generation farmers with little ones of their own. While they lead busy lives—either following the tradition of serving in the Navy or working in healthcare—they all share a deep commitment to the farm and its daily operations.
Healthy Harvests & Labors of Love
Judy and Ron put their hearts into making their dream a reality and sharing both their story and their goods with the public. They are pesticide-free and maintain sustainability with solar panels, owl boxes, hawk perches, and other environmentally conscious resources, all to ensure that their family and visitors can savor their offerings with confidence.
As mentioned, Dewlson Family Farm grows its own coffee. Five varieties of Arabica coffees are grown here, including Geisha, one of the most expensive and most difficult types to produce. Three varieties of tea from renowned regions of China are also grown on the farm.
But their primary commercial crop? Lisbon lemons, which are native to Portugal (hence the name). This lemon stands out with its unmistakable elongated shape, often resembling a gentle curve. The Lisbon Lemon tree boasts glossy, vibrant green leaves and delicate white flowers that transform into delicious citrus fruit after about nine months. At Dewlson Family Farm, there are approximately 6,000 trees spread over 40 acres.
Looking for something to sink your teeth into? There is a wide variety of exotic plants at Dewlson Family Farm for you to pick and take home, from caviar limes, Buddha hand fruit, and ice cream bananas to passion fruit, dragon fruit, and goji berries. The many jams, jellies, and marmalade made from fruit grown on the farm are also available. You can even enjoy the honey from the bees on the farm!
Savor the Central Coast with This One-of-a-Kind Experience
Judy and Ron meticulously designed their farm as an “oasis experience” meant to educate, relax, and delight everyone who steps foot on the grounds. Whether you’re here to savor their produce firsthand or simply take a leisurely stroll through the scenic acres, everyone is welcome.
Experience the farm for yourself with one of their unique (and tasty) tours:
Exotica Plant Tour
Both the coffee and tea tours end with an unforgettable tasting session, paired with chocolates, cookies, and homemade jams. If you would like to purchase one of the varieties of coffee you tasted, it can be freshly roasted for you while you wait. Any teas from the tastings can also be purchased. Talk about a delicious souvenir!
Dewlson Family Farm is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays by appointment only for tours, tastings, and private parties. Tours cost just $25 and reservations can be made online.
Add This to Your Trip To-Do List
Dewlson Family Farm is the perfect addition to your Central Coast adventure. Whether you’re a local in the area or planning your next California escape, be sure to carve out some time in your itinerary to visit this exceptional family farm, dive into the world of coffee, and bring home some incredible goodies with you.