Our favourite things: April 2017

We've been here and we've been there, and our team have found a few things we thought we'd share.

By National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Published 7 Apr 2017, 09:00 BST, Updated 20 Jul 2021, 16:10 BST
A view of coffee plantations sprawling across the rugged Blue Mountains of Jamaica at sunset.

A view of coffee plantations sprawling across the rugged Blue Mountains of Jamaica at sunset.

Photograph by Getty Images

Hair of the dog
BrewDog — the Scottish craft beer company responsible for a chunk of my outgoings each month — has laid its paws on US soil for the first time, opening DogTap Columbus. In autumn 2018, the company plans to open a beer-themed hotel, also in Ohio, with Punk IPA on tap in all rooms. 

Tamsin Wressell // Contributing Editor

What we're listening to... podcasts
The Allusionist // Josephine Price

Women of the Hour // Sarah Barrell

S-Town // Stephanie Cavagnaro

Athletico Mince // Pat Riddell

Confessions of a caffeine addict: What I've learned about Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee
Cultivated mostly above 3,000ft, it's one of the world's most expensive gourmet coffees.

Made with Arabica beans, it's known for a mild, smooth taste and lack of bitterness.

The coffee is only certified Blue Mountain if it's within the Coffee Industry Board of Jamaica's map.

Outside the Blue Mountain zone, coffee must legally be called High or Low Mountain.

Around 80% of Blue Mountain Coffee is exported to Japan.

Stephanie Cavagnaro // Senior Editor

T-rex factor
Kids can dig for replica bones and meet life-size dinos. These raptors are on the march as part of the Jurassic Kingdom's UK tour. 

Jo Fletcher-Cross // Contributing Editor

Life is suite
Qatar Airways' new QSuite offers Business Class passengers 'party of four' seating — move a panel here and a TV monitor there, and voila! — groups of friends can transform their seats into a private suite for four.

Glen Mutel // Deputy Editor

Fit for a King: Graceland in numbers

Years this August since Elvis's death

Millions of dollars invested in the expansion of the King's Memphis home

Square-foot size of the new expansion

Price of a ticket

Acre estate

Rooms in the new guesthouse

Josephine Price // Online Editor

Published in the May 2017 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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