My coffee lesson begins at the beautiful Hacienda Venecia. We head down across a river bed to pick coffee beans. We start along a path but gradually we are walking through thick bushes smacking us all over. I’m sure I must be getting malaria. The lives of the coffee pickers are hard and the work is tedious and difficult.We learn how the beans are processed and about all the machinery, certification and care involved in transforming the berry into coffee beans.The fresh beans are examined. I was slow at finding the good ones. Then we roasted my beans in a special toaster.We smelled different coffee bean aromas from tester bottles. We have a last cup of coffee at the coffee farm. It is starting to rain. I think about all that work that went into producing this one cup of coffee . I think about picking those beans every time I have a cup of coffee now. Coffee will always reminds me of Colombia.
I just read some of your bad reviews, I had a really beautiful afternoon there, walking, exploring the grounds, taking amazing photos of plants and wildlife and having really amazing ajiiaco soup for lunch, in addition to the coffee tour. So I guess if you run in and out you have a different experience.
For photos and more info go to http://travelwellflysafe.com/2014/05/24/picking-coffee-in-colombia/
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