Hotel Escorial Manizales
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We had arranged a tour of a coffee farm today but breakfast was first, it was included as part of our accommodation. Martha made us a nice plate of scrambled eggs with toast and coffee. On hindsight it seems bizarre but we had a second cup of coffee while we waited for our transport to the Coffee Farm.
Hacienda Venecia was a 30 minute drive outside of Manizales, on the steep slopes of the ...
... degrees centigrade *
- Add the water to the coffee slowly, pouring it in circles.
- The coffee will float to the top.
* When the coffee is fresh, there is a thick layer of coffee on top of the water *
- Stir in the coffee with a spoon, do this slowly and making sure you mix it with the water at the bottom, this oxygenates the coffee.
* Stirring at this point makes it easier to press down and avoids breaking the seal of the press ...
... in in the Zona Cafetera region of Colombia. In the middle of the ride, the bus stopped at a restaurant where we bought french fries and limeade. When everybody was done eating, the bus started again and an hour later we arrived at Hacienda Venecia. We were the only people staying in the hostel that night so we had the place to ourselves. The cook made us a hearty potato soup and a rich pasta and vegetable dinner. After dinner we were stuffed and fell asleep.
We woke ...
... bars and lots going on. On closer inspection, they were all pizza and fast food places catering for the massive student population they have here. We had to settle for one of these and watch the hoardes of people going to see a football match somewhere. Went to bed pretty early but sleeping was a task thanks to the paper thin walls in this place. Dont think I've been in a place thats so bad for noise. They wall might as well not be ...
Coffee tour of Hacienda Venezia in the morning, including optional lunch of ajiaco (Bogota specialty soup that I finally got around to trying - hearty and worth having two bowls). Most of the people on the tour were fairly fluent in Spanish, even though there was only one Colombian (another Bogota stunner, there with her lucky ******* French boyfriend). Our guide usually remembered to throw ...