Waking up to smell the coffee!

Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
Trip End Apr 20, 2013

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Flag of Colombia  , Caldas,
Thursday, November 15, 2012

We had a great sleep at the hacienda, and awoke to breakfast prepared for us and as much coffee as we wanted to drink, before our tour started. There was an Intrepid/Dragoman tour staying at the hacienda, mainly in tents and they were on the same tour as us in the morning.  They were a nice bunch of English and Canadians, of varying ages, who all seemed to get along fairly well.

The tour commenced with an hour lesson on types of coffee beans, beans from different countries and the processes involved in preparing it.  It was really interesting, and interactive, as they had little pots of coffee scents and you had to guess which aroma it was described as, which was difficult but fun.  We then walked amongst the coffee plants on the farm, and were able to see how the beans are grown and picked.  Then the tour went on to the processing area, where the beans are removed from the fruit, washed, dried, sorted, and then packed to a different factory for roasting.  They did however have a small roasting machine to show us how it works, and to enable us to then use the espresso machine to drink the freshest coffee I will ever taste.

All in all it was a really good tour and we both really enjoyed it.  Thankfully the guide spoke good English and provided a comprehensive tour of the farm and processes involved.  It took 3 hours, so we were finished just after midday, which was perfect to give us an afternoon of resting and relaxing.  We spent most of the afternoon lying in hammocks, chatting to the people and having a dip in the pool.  We chatted mainly to a lovely couple from Canada, who were extremely friendly and kind-natured and an inspiring couple in their 60s, who have been travelling in a campervan for the past 5 years.  The whole day was a welcome contrast from yesterday and allowed us to recover before getting back on the bikes. 
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Grandma on

Alot of biking, to get to the coffee plantation. I bet it was well worth it, just to sample all that good fresh coffee. Makes my mouth water just to think of it. You's both deserve a "well deserved REST"....... Love and hugs from us.

karen on

Wish I could've seen you drinkTHAT coffee with pure enjoyment!

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