19 June 2017

How to Enjoy the Perfect Cup of Colombian Coffee

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There’s a funny thing about Colombian coffee. While the aromatic bean is famous the world over for being some of the best in the world, coming across a great cup in Colombia is no easy feat.

Yes, coffee is available in cafes and bakeries at every street corner, but it’s not necessarily where you’ll enjoy the perfect cup of this liquid gold. 

One of the best coffees I’ve had in the country would have to be in the foothills of the aptly named Eje Cafetero or the Coffee Triangle, where Arabica coffee beans were planted some 400 years ago.

Colombian coffee

Now there are more than half a million coffee farms in the country, with much of the best quality beans being shipped overseas to help sustain early morning caffeine addictions all around the world.

So, where does one go to experience the perfect cup of coffee in Colombia? Sure, there are popular café chains that have turned Colombia’s most important export into part of its national identity, but, at least for me, Colombian coffee is really about the story that it tells.

While walking through the winding rows of coffee trees at one of the many coffee plantations in the coffee region, we learn they’ve been perfectly planted on the side of hills to ensure the right amount of sunlight touches each leaf every day. We watch families work to produce something that Italian tourists travel to the other side of the world to get an idea where echoes of their own cultural identity take shape.

Colombian coffee tour

It wasn’t one of the fancy hipster cafes that made me my perfect cup, although their mastery of temperature, timing and a skilled hand is an impressive performance resulting in a delicious brew. It was actually a cup of freshly grounded beans that had been put through a cloth strainer on a simple kitchen bench and sipped while sitting on a porch overlooking the crop that created the liquid at my lips.

Colombian coffee

But a cup of coffee in Colombia isn’t always this romantic. While it’s increasingly popular for people to order their coffee with elaborately frothed milk from cafes in their business suits on the way to work, there are also those who arrive at street corners and visit their favourite coffee vendors who sell small cups of coffee from plastic bottles.

“Tintico, tintico!” you’ll hear them call out, reminding people on cold Bogota mornings that a small cup of hot coffee can sometimes be enough to get you through a crowded TransMilenio trip or a congested taxi ride to work.

From the hills of the Coffee Region to the country’s big cities, and further to the foreign countries that fall in love with the scents and flavours of Colombia’s dark liquid treasure, the best way to enjoy a cup of Colombia coffee is if you experience it all.

Find out more about tours to Colombia's Coffee Region and the Colombian coffee making process. 

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Sarah Duncan

About the author:

Sarah Duncan is an award-winning Australian blogger, author and journalist who has been travelling the world and writing about it for the last 10 years. Her work about Colombia has been featured in a variety of publications including New York Magazine, the Herald Sun, Newscom.au, the Daily Telegraph, Matador Network, Style Magazine, television, radio, the novel “Was Gabo and Irishman?” and on her own blog, Sarepa.com

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