Colombia is one of the world’s biggest producers of coffee, both Arabian and Colombian. While much of the nation’s production takes place within the high-altitude Coffee Triangle, you don’t have to stray far from Bogotá to visit a plantation, learn about how the beverage is produced, and sample some top-notch joe.
- Become a coffee master as you learn to prepare the perfect cup and discern between quality and mass-produced coffee.
- Fine tune your palate to pick out diverse flavors with a coffee tasting at a Bogotá cafe.
- Embark on a coffee shop hop through Bogotá’s neighborhoods to sample brews at several specialty cafes.
- Trace coffee from bean to cup at a local coffee plantation just outside the city.
- Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed coffee region of Colombia on a multi-day tour from Bogotá.
Top Bogotá Coffee Plantations
While much of Colombia’s coffee production takes place in an area known as the Coffee Triangle near Medellin, there are a few plantations within day trip-distance of Bogotá for travelers based in the Colombian capital. Many of these are in and around the town of Fusagasugá. Perhaps the most well known and visitor-friendly plantation is Hacienda Coloma. During a tour of the colonial-era hacienda, visitors learn to hand pick, dry, thresh, and roast the beans.
Colombian Coffee History
While coffee has become part of the Colombian national identity, the beans didn’t originate in South America. Jesuit priests introduced them as early as the 1700s, and in 1835, Colombia exported its first shipment of beans—some 2,500 pounds (1,134 kilograms)—to the US. TV ads featuring the fictional coffee farmer Juan Valdez popularized Colombian coffee during the 1960s, though much of the nation’s coffee continues to grow on small family farms.