Colombia. A few decades ago the country may have been mainly known for Pablo Escobar and the drug trade, but in recent years travelers have realized that this is one of the most interesting countries in the world to visit. Colombia has it all – jungles, mountains, beautiful beaches, salsa dancing, arepas, Carnival, and of course: coffee.
If you’re a coffee nerd like we are, you may want to spend your vacation slurping that delicious bean juice in Colombia. Colombia has 22 coffee growing regions, so there is a ton to keep you busy on your Colombian coffee journey! Look no further for a rough outline of your trip.
The Coffee Triangle
Airlines offer many reasonably-priced flights from the U.S. to Bogotá or Medellín. Spend a few days in one of those cities soaking in the culture, then make your way to the Coffee Triangle — the region made up of the departments of Caldas, Risaralda and Quindío. This region was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list to recognize its importance to our coffee needs worldwide.
Horseback riding in Salento
Salento (located in Quindío) is the most popular town in which to begin your journey. You can soak in the traditional architecture, enjoy the cuisine, and even find a coffee tour while on the ground here. If you'd like to book in advance, try one of the tours offered by Experiencia Cafetera in the nearby town of Pijao.
While here, don't miss the Coroca Valley hike. This bucket-list item will have you walking through the mountains of coffee country, seeing some of the tallest palm trees in the world.
For travel within the region, take the regular buses between towns or hire a private driver.
So the hiking is great...but you came here to drink coffee.
Most Colombian coffee is grown on small farms before being collected, wet-processed, milled, and exported. The Coffee Triangle alone contains roughly 24,000 farms.
Through the coffee tour that you booked, you can stay on one of these traditional coffee haciendas, where you will learn everything about the coffee cultivation process. For a sneak peak on some of the things you’ll learn, check out our previous post on Colombian coffee.
Colombian coffee is often described as rich, citrusy, and medium bodied. It has a large range of flavors from heavy and chocolaty to sweet and mildly fruity.
Once you’re done on the hacienda, head over to the National Coffee Park (Parque del Café) in Quindío to conclude your Colombian coffee adventure.
Of course, if you want the taste of Colombian coffee in the comfort of your own home, just order some Colombian Cadena Coffee today! 😉☕️