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Feliz Año Nuevo.

“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” Oprah Winfrey. Firstly, Happy New Year or, as they say here in Latin America, “Feliz Año Nuevo”. 2016 was another (equally) incredible and surprising year, as well … Continue reading

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Hacienda Venecia

Last year it was putting together a ‘self-guided’ bird watching tour, amongst other things. This year it was helping to refurbish the orchid house. My orchid (and Spanish) professor was Luz. Please like & share:

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Feliz cumpleaños.

Celebrating my birthday – Colombian style. A welcome break from the staff quarters came in the form of an invitation to spend the eve of my birthday at ‘Casa Principal’ (the main house). A room here normally costs circa £100 … Continue reading

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From ‘crop to cup’ – part 4 of 4.

Picture if you will a Pyramid – at the base of the pyramid can be found Robusta coffee then, as you climb up, you get Natural Arabica, then Washed Arabica, then speciality coffees – like ‘Kopi Luwak’. The price of … Continue reading

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From ‘crop to cup’ – part 3 of 4.

Harvesting: Colombian coffee is all about ‘freshness’. Due to its location, the central region of Colombia is able to take multiple harvests. All the coffee in Colombia is harvested by hand. In other countries, where the coffee is grown in … Continue reading

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From ‘crop to cup’ – part 2 of 4.

Is that a fact? We drink about 1.5 billion cups of coffee a day, with the USA drinking a 1/5 of this. In 2004 the coffee plantations of the world would have covered the country of Portugal. The 17 billion … Continue reading

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From ‘crop to cup’ – part 1 of 4.

I have been receiving a lot of questions about coffee production here in Colombia. First a history lesson. Used traditionally by nomadic mountain warriors of the Galla tribe in Ethiopia, where the plant is indigenous, coffee was first eaten as … Continue reading

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