Caffeine lovers are sure to delight in this small-group exploration of Colombian coffee culture, offering the perfect opportunity to learn about the drink’s production, complex flavors and proper brewing techniques. Best of all, this coffee investigation is led by a panel of three experts, representing Colombia’s coffee farmers, roasters and baristas, to help provide additional insight and perspective.
Start your coffee tour with pickup from your hotel at either 9am or 2pm depending on the option you’ve selected. Then head to one of Bogotá’s top boutique roasters, where you’ll begin the day with an overview from a grower, roaster and barista of how coffee is transformed from small farms into the finished product. Take a shot at roasting your own beans, before sampling four of the roaster’s own varieties against a mass-produced brand. The taste test will also help teach your palate to distinguish the artisanal coffees from typical store-bought roasts.
Next head to the farmer’s market, where you’ll have the chance to discover the bounty of fruits and vegetables produced in Colombia. As you peruse the various agricultural products, your guide helps put each item into context and links its flavors back to coffee. Take a moment during your stop to sample a few complimentary fruits and snacks, each of which helps to form Colombia’s unique culinary culture.
Finish your exploration with a stop at E&D Cafes, one of the city’s top artisanal coffee bars. This hybrid coffee research center and ‘coffee lab’ offers guests workshops on proper brewing techniques. Join in for a class on proper grinding and coffee preparation, a session that will provide you with the skills to make a perfect cup on your own.
At the conclusion of your lesson, receive a drop-off back at your Bogotá hotel.