12 Photos of the Coffee Region That Show a Rarely Seen Side of Colombia

Colombian coffee | © Andres Navia Paz / Shutterstock
Colombian coffee | © Andres Navia Paz / Shutterstock
Photo of Chris Bell
25 September 2017

Colombia’s Coffee Region is known for producing some of the best coffee in the whole world. However, there’s a lot more to the area than just beautiful landscapes and quality coffee – the industry supports thousands of families, and producing coffee is hard, often backbreaking work. Here are 12 photos of the Coffee Region that show a rarely seen side of Colombia.

The Colombian Coffee Region is a truly beautiful part of the world.

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Famous, of course, for these little red berries…

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But did you know that those berries start off life as little white flowers?

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Or that the coffee plant starts life like this?

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And believe it or not, in Colombia, every single one is picked by hand!

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It’s tough work, and pickers fill up hundreds of bags of coffee during the course of a harvest…

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People of all ages are involved in the harvesting of Colombian coffee.

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Which, as you can see, is exhausting work!

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Most of those red berries are then dried in the warm Andean sun with no machinery involved…

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And end up looking just like this:

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And, although the coffee we drink is roasted and prepared by fancy machines and baristas, most Colombians roast their coffee very simply…

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But, at the end of the day, wherever you travel in the Colombian Coffee Region, there will always be someone there with a big smile and a cup of fresh coffee!

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That’s the joy and magic of Colombia.

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