Hotel Estelar Las Colinas
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The second city that we visited in the coffee region was Manizales, a large modern city and a dichotomy to the quaint Salento. The reason for this stop over was to visit a large production coffee farm, Hacienda Venecia, which produces beans for coffee world wide. The 2 hour tour was quite informative and it ended at the hotel on the property which houses incredibly beautiful ...
Today I said "Adios" to Salento and took a bus to the city of Pereira, where I took another short bus to the city of Manizales (Mon-i-sal-es). This city has about 500,000 people, so a bit larger than the other two. But I'm enjoying it. It has a beautiful cathedral and is surrounded by mountains. Chipre is a cool neighborhood that has incredible views, and after dinner I visited a thermal springs pool in town. It felt awesome! The tour of the ...
... from coffee trees. Then, you smash them and two white, slimy beans come out. Next, they clean the slime covering. After that, you smash each dry bean and pick all the white part off. Now, there should be a green sort of plastic covering on that. Finally, you roast the beans, grind them and steep the ground coffee in hot water.
On Saturday, we had an awesome day in Medellín! We went to the science center and a botanical garden. We took a taxi there because it ...
... and that white covering is removed revealing the green bean.
*Only green beans are exported and roasting is done outside of the country for grade one beans. All grade two beans are roasted in Colombia, popping and smelling like popcorn during the process before turning the dark brown we know today.
I'm not sure how much was missed or inaccurate, but that's what I got out of it. The tour ...
... are left to become a deep wine red, these are for a specialist type of coffee. Andy was highly amused by my attempt to walk in size 8 wellington boots, that and the attractive green poncho we had been given made us look super cool! But the drizzle and river crossing meant we needed them. Coffee beans sure have a lot of layers! The stripping of the outer red layer reveals a strange jelly like coating which needs to be washed off, ...