Coffee is usually not my cup of tea. I don’t drink it very often and when I do it’s usually for the social part of it. That didn’t stop me being really excited going to the so called Coffee Region of Colombia. After a rough start with a 8 hour bus ride on the curviest roads I’ve ever witnessed (motion sickness <3) it was a relief to finally arrive these Jurassic Park like landscapes being as green as my face was when arriving.
The small and very picturesque town of Salento is the centre for everything here; hiking, coffee tours, mountain biking, paragliding and something for everyone from adrenaline junkies to old couples. After spending 4 days in Medellín blowing my nose and killing time it was a blessing to finally be out hiking in the fresh air and some scenic mountain areas full of life. For example the world’s tallest palm trees and humming birds. It’s an extremely green area and that’s not without a reason; it rains. Every day. Or every afternoon luckily enough for us so we could go hiking in the first part of the day.
Colombia is a poor country. They are also the third biggest producer of coffee in the world. A visit to a coffee farm really opened my eyes for how long time and hard work it takes to produce a cup of coffee. The whole process takes three years until it’s on Starbucks – where you order it in 3 minutes for about 4-8 bucks depending on the type and the size I guess. Perhaps you think these premium coffee shops are expensive but keep in mind that if a worker at a coffee farm works 12 hours in a day – his/her salary still won’t be enough to buy one single cup of coffee in a western country. Worth remembering next time you go to Kaffebrenneriet or Starbucks.
It was nice to be back in the nature and first of all having my health back. I knew it from before but you can never remain yourself too many times how important the health is. Health is more important than wealth. Next up is the Caribbean coast line of Colombia where I’ll have to face one thing I really like and one thing I really dislike: crystal clear water and super high humidity!