Colombia is well known for having some of the best coffee in the world, both exported and within its borders. From the coffee farms or plantations directly to the cities’ coffee shops, Colombian coffee is full of aroma, flavor, and varying strength. The country is one of the world’s largest producers of Arabian coffee as well as Colombian.
Colombia’s year-round, altitude-dependent climate is warm and humid within in the coffee triangle and surrounding areas, making it the perfect location to produce large quantities of coffee. Coffee production is a fine art and skill, which has been carefully crafted over hundreds of years. While the coffee triangle is Colombia’s coffee capital, the country’s capital, Bogotá, has a large number of specialty coffee shops, production laboratories and coffee experts. Here are five coffee tours in Colombia that are bringing the coffee back to the city by demonstrating coffee production from seed to cup and explaining the coffee’s origins.
Lucia Londoño Tostadores is a company specializing in coffee production, methods of brewing and has many coffee experts in Bogotá and throughout the country. The company offers a coffee tasting tour in the capital, which allows tour participants to become educated in, learn about and experience different types of coffee. This tour aims to allow individuals to gain knowledge of coffee roasting, preparation, harvesting and brewing methods. Participants will be exposed to different varieties of coffee, to allow them to compare the quality and recognize the characteristics in order to enhance future coffee drinking experiences.
Travesía Coffee is a specialist coffee company which operates two tours within the city – in the La Candelaria and Chapinero neighborhoods. These tours are designed to help people discover the city’s best coffee, give coffeeshops the recognition they deserve, the history of coffee and how the coffee industry is establishing itself. Both of the tours show participants how coffee gets from the farm to the cup and offers samples of rich and organic Colombian coffee. Both tours are available from Monday to Saturday, cost between US$15 and US$20, and each tour lasts approximately two-and-a-half hours.
Varietale is a coffeeshop with a difference, designed to resemble a traditional coffee shop, which attracts visitors from all over the city. The shop offers visitors the chance to go behind the bar and discover the coffee process. There is a coffee laboratory for groups to learn about the shop’s coffee, origins and history. The shop also stocks a large number of unique coffees to buy or sample, and with each coffee purchase customers receive an information sheet about the coffee’s origin and bean-to-cup process.
Destino Bogotá is a travel company with a large number of day trips in the capital as well as the surrounding area. Their coffee farm day trip takes participants one-and-a-half hours outside the city to an orchard garden, the heart of a coffee farm, and local market. Participants will have the chance to discover and learn about a coffee farm, the lifestyle of the coffee farmers and the process from seed to cup. This six-hour tour has room for up to six people and lasts approximately six hours with a typical lunch included as well as coffee samples.
The Flavors of Bogotá coffee experience gives participants a window into the facts, stories, cultures and tradition of the country’s coffee production. This tour allows participants to get a snapshot into Colombia’s coffee culture, by identifying history, brewing methods, different coffee regions and farms around Colombia. The tour is unique in the way it lets participants talk to shop owners, baristas, and other coffee experts, discovering their unique stories and learning from the best in the business. The tour is approximately three hours long and tours can take place in Usaquen, Zona G, Park 93 or La Candelaria neighborhoods of the city, depending on the participant’s preference. Tours are available in English, Spanish and French (upon request), each tours costs US$30 and take place on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday mornings and two Saturdays a month.