Colombia is one of the world’s largest coffee exporters, but it also keeps a lot of this particular crop for its own consumption. So not only does the country export some of the best coffee in the world; it’s home to some of the best coffee shops in the world, too. Bogotá, Colombia’s capital, is home to over 10 million people, covering a large area in the Andes mountain range. Within this large area the city has a large number of unique coffee houses and cafes, home to some of Colombia’s best coffee, driven straight from the farms to the shops within a matter of days. Here’s the lowdown on where to find the city’s best coffee.
Azahar is a unique cafe located in Bogotá’s lively Park 93. This cafe has a choice of coffee from the Nariño, Antioquia, Huila and Quindío departments of Colombia. In addition to choosing your coffee’s growing department you can choose how you would like your coffee to be brewed: French Press, Chemex, Siphon, V60 Dripper or Aeropress. Azahar Cafe works directly with coffee farms and associations, and in the cafe you can learn all about the farm that grew the different types of coffee available and the journey your coffee has taken from farm to cup. Azahar also has a ‘coffee lab’ in Antioquia, which tests and identifies flavours.
Cafe Cultor is a unique cafe located within a recycled shipping container in Bogotá’s Chapinero neighbourhood. In this cafe you can learn all about how coffee is produced, information about the farms that produce it, and how they make the coffee fair trade. Cafe Cultor helps farms that are situated in high-risk or conflicted areas of the country and coffee farms owned by indigenous groups. The cafe serves a large variety of types of coffee from all over Colombia, varying in flavours and strength. You can also learn all about how organic coffee is produced and how the farms are producing coffee sustainably.
Located in Bogotá’s busy Chapinero neighbourhood, this cafe offers not only great coffee but also a unique and friendly experience. Bourbon Coffee Roasters is a relaxing, sleek wooden shop with modern touches. They pride themselves on their excellent service and a highly satisfying product. Bourbon Coffee Roasters offer a large range of coffee, varying with taste and origin, and they also offer an extensive coffee cocktail menu.
Amor Perfecto was one of the first high-quality coffee pioneers, bringing a wide range of regional coffees and a variety of coffee preparation methods to the city. This unique coffee shop is home to a number of National Champion Baristas who boast excellent coffee knowledge and skills. Amor Perfecto has a glass wall into its laboratory, allowing customers an insight into the coffee process, and they often offer tasting and coffee workshops. Amor Perfecto is located in the Chapinero neighbourhood.
Catación Pública is one of a kind. Not only do they serve outstanding coffee; they also offer Coffee Laboratory courses for those wanting to take the Coffee Quality Institute Quality Grader exam. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable, and are happy to offer information about the coffee making process and coffee farms.
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El Altillo is located in Bogota’s chic neighbourhood of Usaquen, offering a unique environment with garden furniture and bean-bag seating. The cafe boasts one of the best cappuccinos in the city as well as a number of coffee-based home-cooked products such as coffee cakes.