Colombia produces some of the world’s best coffee, and the good news for coffee-loving travellers is that there is a growing coffee tourism industry in the country, meaning that you can really learn about Colombian coffee on your trip. So here are Colombia’s best coffee tours, from immersive tours of coffee farms to visits to speciality coffee shops.
The WakeCup Experience Coffee Tour by Experiencia Cafetera has been called ‘Colombia’s best coffee tour’ and it’s easy to understand why when you take the tour: a truly immersive coffee tour based out of the lovely little town of Pijao – like Salento with no tourists – the tour spends time with local farmers, jeep drivers, and coffee entrepreneurs, and gives you a real insight into the culture of Colombian coffee.
Bogota’s best coffee tour is this excellent Specialty Coffee Tour, which takes you on a tour around the best independent cafes in the city, explaining in the process the culture behind speciality coffee in Colombia. The guides are passionate coffee-lovers, and their insights – along with those of the baristas serving you – will prove invaluable, especially if you’re new to the coffee scene.
Traditional Bogota Coffee Tour by Andes Ecotours
If you only have a short time in Colombia and don’t have time to make it to the Coffee Region then this day-tour of a coffee farm from Bogota is a must. Taking you to the stunning Cerro del Quinini a few hours south of Bogota, the tour explores the plantations of a local collective of farmers producing truly environmentally-friendly, shade-grown coffee in a stunning natural setting.
Catacion Publica in Usaquen neighbourhood is one of Colombia’s best cafes and, although not strictly a tour operator, they do run some of the city’s best tasting and cupping workshops and experience, ranging from introductory tasting sessions where participants taste three regional coffees to full-on barista training courses. The perfect coffee experience if you are a professional or maybe looking to become one.
Salento is probably the most visited town in the Colombian Coffee Region, so it’s where most people end up taking a coffee tour. There are two excellent coffee tours available in and around the town (see the second below), and Finca El Ocaso’s tour is one of them. Taking place on a lovely little traditional farm, the tour offers a comprehensive introduction to the growing process of Colombian coffee.
A speciality coffee company operating coffee shop tours in Bogota, Travesia’s tours are another great way to get to know the Bogota coffee scene with passionate local experts. With coffee shop tours in both La Candelaria and Chapinero neighbourhoods, Travesia Coffee Tours are the perfect introduction to Colombian coffee before you head off into the Coffee Region.
La Victoria Coffee Plantation
La Victoria Coffee Plantation is a lovely traditional coffee farm just outside Minca in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains on the Colombian Caribbean coast. It also boasts some of the oldest machinery of any farm in Colombia, and their unique tour explains how their old yet effective harvesting system works, entirely through water and machinery dating back to the era of Queen Victoria (hence the name).
Jardin in Antioquia department might just be one of the most beautiful coffee towns you’ll ever visit, so it makes sense to take a coffee tour while you’re there. At the lovely Finca Milena coffee farm, not only can you stay in an authentic traditional coffee farmhouse, but you can also take an informative tour to learn all about the coffee process.
Just outside the Coffee Region city of Manizales is Hacienda Venecia, a typical coffee farm containing some truly stunning typical buildings of the region. You can stay in the main house – a delightful example of local Paisa architecture – and take the coffee tour of their beautiful farm.
The other top coffee tour in Salento takes place on the little coffee farm of Don Eduardo, a local Colombian coffee farmer with a lifetime of knowledge and experience, all of which he brings to the tour with his passion and enthusiasm. It’s perhaps a more authentic experience than El Ocaso, and the positive reviews for Don Eduardo and his tour just keep coming!
Toucan Cafe Coffee Tour
Medellin’s best coffee tour is run by Toucan Cafe and Tours – they offer a variety of coffee experiences, including coffee tasting at their cafe, a barista workshop, and a coffee tour to a local coffee plantation in the mountains around the city. If you want to learn about coffee in Colombia’s second city, then this is the tour for you.