Colombia’s coffee zone – known in Spanish as the “Eje Cafetero” (coffee axis) or “Triángulo del Café” (coffee triangle) – is a cultural and natural paradise, and not just for coffee lovers. Lush green hills and mysterious cloud forests await you here. The mild highland climate, fertile soils and sun-kissed slopes, combined with regular rainfall, create the ideal conditions for producing world-class coffee. After all, not only is Colombia’s Arabica coffee very popular, it is also the world’s third largest coffee producer. Join us for a day in Colombia’s coffee zone.
Dry, Wet or Semi-dry After All
Because a ripe, freshly picked coffee cherry is still up to 60 per cent water, it needs to be processed and dried. First, the coffee beans inside the cherries are removed from their hulls. Coffee farmers use a variety of methods to do this, sometimes including the use of machinery.
Detour to the World’s Tallest Palm Trees in the Cocora Valley
Fueled by Colombian coffee, you reach the Cocora Valley after an hour and a half drive through the coffee zone. Even from a distance you can spot some very special trees: the wax palm is not only Colombia’s national tree, but also the tallest palm tree in the world. The green hills are dotted with palm trees up to 60 metres high. The “Valle de Cocora” can be explored on foot, by mountain bike or on horseback.
Colourful, Vibrant Salento
When exploring the Cocora Valley, make sure you include a trip to Salento. This vibrant little town with its colourful houses, hip restaurants and artisan shops, is just a 20-minute drive away and is the perfect place to unwind after a hike through the Cocora Valley and round off the day in Colombia’s coffee zone. Not only can you enjoy good drinks and local food in the many restaurants, but there are also many locals who can give you some exciting tips for further adventures in Colombia.