Some of the world’s best coffee beans are harvested in Colombia, so why do its people drink some of the world’s worst coffee?
On a tour created and solely offered by Colombia Immersion called “Café & Cultura,” you will learn about the instant coffee phenomenon in The City of Eternal Spring, and get an inside look at Antioquia’s unique coffee culture. You’ll gain an understanding as to why foreigners often know more about coffee than a country whose 2nd biggest export is coffee (about 2.5 billion annually).
A super knowledgable Colombia Immersion Coach will take you around the neighborhood of Envigado to sample the good, the bad, and the ugly, by way of coffee, and explain the difference of each along the way. From stopping at small cafeteria’s serving cafe tinto from a metal coffee warmer called a “Greca,” to specialty cafes serving craft coffees made in a Chemex or an Aero Press, you’ll be able to taste the difference. After all, coffee preparation is half the taste-battle!
They’ll lead you step by step through the long and volatile history of coffee production in Colombia, specifically the Antioquia region, and how it changed from single farm production in the 16th century to the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia in operation today. You’ll also learn about the huge role that marketing played into the development of the iconic Colombian coffee brand, Juan Valdez, depicting a fictional coffee farmer and his beloved Mule, Conchita. Fun fact: did you know that the actor they cast to play this role is actually Cuban-American? Go figure.
Your knowledgeable Colombia Immersion Coach will teach you about how the inclinations of the mountains and the rich volcanic soil are ideal conditions for growing high quality coffee, and how all of these factors lead to the production of the full-bodied and perfectly balanced taste of the Colombian coffee we all know and love.
Coffee in Colombia is a national symbol, and there’s a tremendous sense of national pride associated with this beloved product. After going on this tour, you’ll have a new found appreciation for the term “farm to table” and “locally grown,” as it can’t get much more local than this!
In addition to cultivating a new-found understanding of the history of Colombia’s coffee production and culture, you’ll have the unique opportunity to beef up your vocabulary and converse with a native Spanish speaker and practice that Español you’ve been learning! This tour is a must for anyone looking to gain a deeper understanding of this special country, its wonderful people, and its incredibly rich culture.
Wanderluluu is a solo female travel blogger aiming to empower women through solo travel, adventure, and exploration – all the while staying on a budget! To her, traveling is as much to do with getting to know yourself as it is getting to know the rest of the world. She’s a budget travel expert, and can stretch a Dollar, Baht, IDR, Euro, Colombian Peso – or any world currency – to it’s max without skimping on experience. You can check out more of Wanderluluu’s adventures here.