COLOMBIA COFFEE TOUR
Colombia is very proud of its coffee. Many of us in the United States can remember Colombian coffee for some sort of advertising mascot. Since 1958, the National Federation of Coffee Producers in Colombia has contracted Juan Valdez as a spokesman for coffee with 100% Colombian grown. The character who is not a real man was not originally used to promote a brand of coffee, but as a support to coffee brands using 100% Colombian coffee. They say there are two Juan Valdez coffee beans and a brand of coffee that is now available around the world. With a distinguished celebrity, Colombia has a theme park devoted to coffee. A museum dedicated to the history of coffee and an eco-friendly walk to see live coffee beans have been accompanied by shows, riding and driving as a roller coaster moved to an amusement park in Kansas City, Missouri.
Colombia, also known as the Republic of Colombia, is situated in the Northwestern part of South America. It shares the border with Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil and Venezuela. The Pacific Ocean hits the west coast, and the Caribbean sea caresses the east coast. The Spaniards went on foot and colonized Colombia in 1499 and remained under Spanish domination until the 19th century. Colombia is estimated to be one of the most ethnically diverse countries. Its cultural heritage includes Native American, Spanish, European, African, American, Caribbean, Middle Eastern and other Latin American attractions. These attractions can be found in the music, food, and even in the architecture.
Diversity continues in the Colombian population. Spanish is the country official language, but in the database, there is an infinite number of 101 languages, of which 71 are spoken regularly. Most people live in big cities such as Bogota or Cali or in highly urbanized areas on Andes Mountain.
Colombia can be split into four main regions: the Andean highlands with their valleys, the coastal area of the Caribbean lowlands, the lowland coastal area of the Pacific Ocean and the eastern coast of Colombia, located to the east of the Andes Mountains. The mountains reach a height of over 18,000 feet. The mountains are divided into three parts. They are parallel to each other and are called mountain ranges. They almost reach the Caribbean, and some mountain peaks remain permanently covered with snow. Between these peaks are valleys, swimming pools and plateaus offering moderate climate and ideal living conditions. The Caribbean coast is beautiful and untouched, providing a wonderful beach experience with the Amazonian Forest as a destination for adventurers.
The climate in Colombia is diverse as the people and land. Temperatures are affected by the height difference with higher temperatures at sea level and cooler temperatures in the mountains. Columbians usually describe areas by their climatic zones: a warm earth or hot zone is 2900 feet and less and sees temperatures above 75F; Tierra templada, or the temperate zone is 6500 ft with temperatures from 63F to 75F; the cold ground, the cold zone, is 6500 feet up to 11,500 feet, where temperatures vary between 54F and 63F. Anything above 11,500 feet is considered unsuitable.
Colombian coffee usually has a medium body with citric acid and rich flavor. You will find aromatic notes of sweet caramel and cocoa, followed by a sweet fruity taste with a delicate nut. Coffee in Colombia is grown in what is called “Coffee Growing Axis”, a small triangular surface from Colombia to the Midwest. These axes include Risaralda, Caldas, Quindio, and parts of Tolima and Valle del Cauca. It is located in the Andean Forest and is mainly cultivated by hand. Near here is were our supremo Colombia of unique origin “La Valle Verde” is cultivated. Like typical coffee that is grown in Colombia, ours is sweet and balanced with brilliant acid and pure, soft finishing.