Cachipay: coffee farm, just like the Coffee region

Trip Start Jan 01, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

One should go to the coffee region in Colombia, to Armenia, to the small little towns like Filandia and Chinchiná, to the wax palm tree site in Cocora Valley, and to the enormous coffee-growing haciendas of the area...  but one of the biggest of those such farms is only 2 hours away from Bogotá.  If someone ever watched the most famous soap opera of our history (telenovelas are a huge part of our culture), "Café con aroma de mujer" you will recognize the house and the coffee mill.  
However, not all of the appearance of splendor it has is completely accurate... The hacienda has seen better days.  In fact, it used to be one of the most important in the heydey of the coffee fever, back in the 80's and early 90's...  In those times, two were coffee's dangers; "broca" and "roya", who attacked the coffee fields and devastated the beans. One a small beetle, the other a fungus... When all of the neighboring farms started suffering from broca, and all of a sudden decided to stop fighting it...   because they didn't want to go through the hassle of checking pland by plant, the days of this hacienda appeared numbered. You can't fight against such a plague on your own. Two days after checking yours, the plague will jump from the neighbor's farm again.  And, in fact, such a thing happened and today that monstrous house and mill are all but empty, only visited by families on weekends, the only possible income it can receive, and for a price infinitely smaller than the sums of money that were probably charged during the days of "Café con aroma de mujer" and Gaviota.


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