The coffee region

Trip Start Aug 07, 2008
Trip End Dec 10, 2009

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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Manizales is the main jumping off point for the "coffee region" in central Colombia. We stayed in the Mountain House where i again bumped into Avel, who was departing for Medellin.

There was little to do in the city itself (highest church steeple in S.Am....zzz...), but there were options for interesting day trips in the surrounding (stunning) countryside. Having heard the trip up a nearby mountain was more about riding in a 4x4 than hiking, i decided to head out to a coffee farm in XXXX.

The coffee tour was pretty interesting, our guide likable and the lunch afterwards the best i´ve had in months. An underlying theme was that despite the fact that Colombia produces some of the world´s best coffee, none stays there for domestic consumption. At every stage of the process the market. And through ´ignorance is bliss´, barely anybody here knows what a good cuppa tastes like - and thus it is impossible to find one without paying through the nose in some tourist hangout.

Ultimately, there is much to interest a weekender in Manizales but little for a traveller. Off to somewhere else in the coffee region i go. Solento.
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