Visit a Coffee Farm in Colombia
When you want to have nothing but the finest cup of coffee, where do you go?
Colombia of course! The South American country is known around the world for its copious amount of fine arabica coffee. If you’re a bit of a coffee connoisseur, I highly recommend adding on a coffee plantation tour to your Colombia bucket list. This is the best way to learn all about the coffee production process.
If you want to find out more about what one of these coffee experiences entails, this guide will show you how to access the world of coffee on your trip to Colombia.
With various coffee growing regions in Colombia, this guide will focus on an Organic coffee farm based in Jardin, a small town located around 4 hours outside of Medellin.
How to choose the best Coffee Plantation experience?
Many locals will recommend a trip to Jardin because the small garden town gives you an authentic insight into traditional life in Colombia. As with many Coffee towns (known as pueblos) in Colombia they give you a chance to connect with a much more laid back way of life that cannot be found in the chaotic capital cities.
Whether you are an avid coffee drinker or just interested in learning something new about traditional life in Colombia you are in the right place. If you do consider yourself a bit of a coffee buff then expect everything from how to plant the seed right up to sipping the perfect cup of ground coffee beans in the same day.
What to expect at the Coffee Plantation visit?
Coffee tours at Finca Florida are best done first thing in the morning. As you begin to ascend into Jardin’s high mountains, the first thing you’ll notice is the cloudy misty air along the journey, in many cases, you can barely see the path in front of you as the cloud encapsulates everything in its path.
A common sight on the horizon is the sheer amount of coffee and plantain trees that seem to cover all the surrounding area. Coffee is a cash crop here in Colombia and the plantain helps with the overall longevity of the coffee crop.
On arrival at the farm, you will be met by your host. In my case, it was a lovely lady called Isabella, who will greet you with open arms. Since the coffee plantation is located right next to the main farm buildings, almost immediately you’ll notice the colourful red berries. They are the first part of the journey from bean to cup, and literally waiting for you to pick them. Before that, you’ll be invited indoors and into the workshop.
Part of the experience is to learn everything from planting the seedling to picking the berries and then to the fermenting process, and finally onto roasting the bean. You’ll learn how their traditional roasting process works as well as how to prepare a cup of organic Colombian coffee for yourself.
Then, everyone’s favourite part, you’ll have the chance to try some of the farm’s organic Coffee which is made using the drip method. The drip method is one of the oldest, fastest and most simple ways to sample freshly ground coffee. The air smells divine as the aroma wafts around as the hot water is poured evenly over the coffee grounds in a paper filter.
As you watch the brewed coffee drip slowly and into a cup Isabella will be telling you the story of her family and the many generations of coffee producers on the farm.
If you have specific questions about any part of the process, Isabella is very quick to answer. With her years of knowledge and expertise working on the farm and in the coffee production industry, you can get all the inside information you want.
Last but not least, if you loved the coffee, which most people do! You’ll get the chance to purchase some direct from the farm to take a bag home as a treat for yourself or a gift for a friend.
Tips for visiting a coffee farm
The whole experience is very easy going and is not technical at all so suitable for all ages and levels of fitness.
One thing to note is that the weather can get quite cool in this particular region, especially in the morning and during the night so it’s a good idea to pack some warmer clothing.
There is no need to book anything in advance but with some pre-arrangements from your hotel or hostel, you can get a taxi (usually a tuk-tuk) to pick you up and take you directly to the coffee farm in the morning. Like with most outings and excursions in Colombia, the best time to be out and about is during the daytime.
The great thing about this experience is that it can be done independently, or done as a group tour, depending on who else arrives at the allotted time. If you want to spend more time asking questions or want a more in-depth insight into coffee farming, then contact the farm in advance to book a private tour.
If you decide to do the coffee tour in Jardin, I recommend spending at least 2-3 nights in the region. Not only are there some amazing coffee shops to sample a multitude of coffees, but you’ll also find other eco-tours and activities to do in the surrounding area.
Jardin is quintessentially an ideal place to have a coffee farm experience. With it being located relatively close to Medellin, it can be accessed by international tourists who want to get off the beaten track and learn more about coffee in Colombia.
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