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... arrival, we were sat down, given a coffee and told we could drink as much coffee as we wanted all day. David didn't think twice about having his second cup even though everyone was still to finish their first - it was good coffee.
We were given a very informative talk about where in the world coffee is grown and how climates affect the production (the growing and the drying process). Turns ...
... 3-4 minutes and press down.
- The coffee is now perfect and ready to serve!
The Feria of Manizales is very big and important in the city. People from all over Colombia come to celebrate. I had a glance at the program and saw pages upon pages of things to see and do, there was dancing and concerts all over the city, horse shows, bull fighting, artisan markets and anything else you could think of. As I wasn't staying for very long and the Feria ...
... at 8:30 am and had toast, cheese and eggs for brekee. We then went on a coffee tour with some other travelers staying in Manizales, the nearest town to the plantation. We learned about how coffee was invented, how it is made and different types of coffee beans. After the tour we had lunch at our hostel and hired a Jeep for the 30 minute ride to Manizales, where we were planning to spend the night. We went to our hostel and my parents went to the supermarket to buy food for a delicious dinner.
... Just to test my concentration today:
*In Colombia all coffee berries are hand picked so only the ripe ones are being removed from trees.
*Coffee berries are ready to be picked when they're either red or yellow depending on the tree's pigmentation. (Normally it's red)
*Once picked the berry is pinched and two white beans covered in gel can be found.
*These then go through ...
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 ...