Posted by: Paula Delgado-Kling | April 12, 2013

Tourism in the Zona Cafetera, a Unesco World Heritage Site

Colombia’s Zona Cafetera, or coffee country, was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2011 for its plantation-style “casa cafetera” houses.

Examples of these gems are Hacienda Venecia, Finca Cafetera El Balso, and the Plantation House.

Many of these houses have been converted into hotels, and after Cartagena and the Caribbean beaches, coffee country has begun to draw local and international visitors.

Zona Cafetera, located between the altitudes of 800 and 1800 meters, produces much of Colombia’s annual 66 million tons of coffee – about 10% of the world’s supply.

Visitors can go on coffee-tasting tours to learn more about Colombia’s famous quality Arabica beans. Did you know? — if you add sweetener or milk, you’re hiding the acidic or sweet characteristics of the beans; de-caf uses nasty chemicals to remove caffeine; instant is made from inferior beans; and when brewing coffee in a French Press, the water should be between 85C and 88C and never come to a boil.

For children, there are the Disney-like rides at the National Coffee Park.

For more information:

Holy Monkey Travel

Quindío tourism authority

Related:

Government offering insurance to coffee famers hit by climate change and a weak peso.

Coffee Production to recover by 2016.

La Niña creates “scarcity” of Arabica coffee beans.

Global Warming Hurts Coffee Supply.

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