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Salento - Café de Colombia

So far I’ve uploaded 74 main pictures of Colombia and 123 in the workshop and yet no mention of coffee.
Shame on me. After all Colombia is coffee and coffee is Colombia.
Our Brazilian friends on TE may have a different opinion :) After all, taste is subjective.

Coffee can only grow on a limited number of places in the world.
These places lie as a big strip between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, namely in the ‘Coffee Belt’.

The countries within this belt are topographically seen in the ideal location near the equator.
In addition to moisture and heat also the height is very important.
The soft delicate flavour is found back at the Arabica coffee.

Only on a high altitude the Arabica plant can grow. That means that the plant will grow the best coffee berries and coffee beans between 800 meters and 2000 meters above sea level.
Ideal for Colombia where only the tasteful Arabica is grown.

The lower countries in the Coffee Belt can also produce good coffee but only the Robusta plant. The taste of this coffee is a bit bitter and stronger than Arabica.

The touristic village of Salento offers the opportunity to visit a coffee plantation.
There are several plantations in the region and there is even one on walking distance from the village.

Guided tours are interesting and on most plantations possible in Spanish and in English. Check out the language of the tour in advance. Usually the visits are for free since tourists often buy some coffee at the end of the tour. I did too. That coffee was a bit sweeter than usually at home. Here in Belgium coffee is usually a mixture of roasted seeds of two types: Arabica and Robusta.
But the Colombian coffee was very good for a sweet guy like me :)

Unfortunately, the month of July was not a harvest time. The berries were still green. They must be red to harvest.

On the main picture and in the workshop: hills with fields with the coffee plant.
Also in the workshop: the flowers of the plant and some green berries.

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