What to Bring Back from Colombia for People Obsessed with Coffee

Colombian coffee | © CIAT / Flickr
Colombian coffee | © CIAT / Flickr
Colombia is a true paradise for coffee lovers. The country produces some of the finest quality beans in the world, and a growing number of excellent independent coffee shops and coffee tours are springing up all over the place. If you have friends or family who are obsessed with coffee, then here are some great gifts to bring from Colombia to really impress them.

Naturally, the best gift that you can bring a coffee lover from Colombia is a bag (or two) of the highest quality Colombian coffee, and the good news is that there is no shortage of excellent coffee available for purchase. Your best bet when it comes to buying good coffee is to visit one of Bogota’s many independent coffee shops, where speciality coffee is not only served but sold in bags as well. Cafes like Amor Perfecto, Colo Coffee, Cafe Cultor, and Azahar sell coffee from many different regions of Colombia, often with plenty of fascinating detail on each bag, such as the name of the farmer who produced it and the flavor profile of the coffee.

Amor Perfecto © KerryrMD2014 / Flickr

If you would rather find an even more personal gift, then consider taking a coffee tour and picking up a bag of coffee produced on the very farm you visited. This way, you’ll not only have a gift for your coffee-obsessed friend, you will also be able to describe to them exactly where and how their coffee was produced, and even show them photos taken from the very location. On coffee tours such as Don Elias and Finca El Ocaso in Salento, or the WakeCup Experience in Pijao, you can purchase bags of high-quality coffee made locally and sold at an extremely reasonable price.

The finest Colombian coffee beans © Chris Bell

If you’re looking to go above and beyond for your gift, then you might want to consider something a bit more imaginative than just a bag of coffee. If you pay a visit to any large Juan Valdez coffee shop in Bogota—and in many other major cities—you’ll find that they sell a nice range of coffee-related products, including various mugs, flasks, aprons, and even coffee-flavored chocolates and liqueurs. You can’t go wrong with a brand new set of Colombian coffee cups.

Colombian coffee cups © Chris Bell

There are also decorative options to consider. One creative gift would be a giant coffee sack (the same ones used to ship Colombian coffee all over the world), which they can then hang on the wall. These can be found at several different cafes, but the best ones are sold at Hacienda Venecia, a coffee farm and boutique hotel just outside of the city of Manizales. This is a more unexpected gift and is likely to make a big impression.

Of course, the best gift you could ever buy someone with a coffee obsession is a trip to join you in Colombia where they can experience the magic and uniqueness of the Colombian coffee region all for themselves. Short of that, however, a few bags of the world’s best coffee, along with some coffee-themed decorations and kitchenware will hardly go amiss.