Paradise for coffee lovers such as me here in Salento. The village is surrounded by many more or less little coffee farms. Almost all of them offer guided tour, what makes it hard to choose the right one.
We decided to do a tour with Timothy, our hostel owner from England, who owns a coffee plantation as well. Best decision ever. I don’t get paid by Timothy but the tour was fabulous. Not only because it was quite good to get a tour in a proper English again. Doing it for 9 years every single day Timothy still has the talent to explain everything with passion and motivation.
His coffee farm is just a 15 minutes walk out of town and isn’t actually really big. But it lies on a hill and has a wonderful view over the valley. Bananas and pineapples grow there as well. By the way first time I’ve seen a pineapple on a little palm tree as well.
I learnt a lot about coffee. Did you know, that Columbia is the 4th biggest coffee producer in the world? Only Ethiopia, Vietnam and Brazil produce more coffee. It should be easy and cheap to get a tasty coffee here. It’s not. Southamericans love instant coffee.
But I had an amazing coffee at the end of our tour. With beans, which I roasted and crushed by myself. After all the coffee shit I had the past six months this Burbon coffee was a real pleasure. Thanks Timothy!