On the Way to the Coffee Farm

We were picked up in the morning by Ana and found out that she would be our guide and driver. San Cayetano is a historic coffee farm established in 1910.  It was the very first coffee farm to commercially cultivate coffee. The farm is about two hours outside of Medellin.

Here are a few pictures I took along the way:

Cows grazing near the road.
Cute little yellow house.
Lots of barbwire surrounding the farms.
Pretty scene of trees, mountains, and clouds.
Mule by the side of the road.
Huge white cross close to the coffee farm

Ana stopped at a roadside stand to pick up our lunches.  We weren’t asked what we wanted so I guess we were going to be surprised.

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Kind of an unusual cooking setup.
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Putting more wood on the fire.

San Cayetano – Coffee Farm

We finally entered the San Cayetano coffee farm.  The house was amazing and totally fit into the beautiful mountainous environment.

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I loved the open-air feeling of the house and all the plants and flower arrangements made a welcoming atmosphere.  There was a housekeeper on the site and she treated us to homemade cookies and a refreshing fruit drink.

We had a lot of fun taking pictures in the house and on the grounds.  There was a beautiful pool and what a view to enjoy while swimming!

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Back yard and back of the house
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Colorful Heliconia Rostrata

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A friendly cat who lived at the house.  Later that day the owner came and brought 5 dogs with him.  They looked like sheepdogs.  They raced all around the house like crazy and that was the last we saw of the cat.
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Backyard waterfall

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It was time for lunch so we sat at the huge dining room table and had our banana leaf meal.  Opening up the banana leaves, I found white rice, plantains, arepa, and potatoes. Shawn had the same only with fried pork belly (chicharron). I think we had our fill of Colombia’s unofficial national dish.  The dish is actually called Bandeja Paisa and is the most traditional dish of the Antioquia region. It is a modern interpretation of the peasant food that is designed to fill the stomach and give energy to those working in the fields.

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A Look at the Coffee Beans Up Close and Personal

After lunch, we went for a ride into the coffee fields where we were told about the coffee bean and how it is harvested. The beans are actually hand sorted to remove any defects or foreign materials. Coffees from Antioquia are known for their medium body and smooth well-balanced taste.

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Ripe coffee berries

We also saw the machinery used by the company to cull the final coffee beans and I learned about how they make a good cup of coffee in the lab.  All in all, it was a very interesting day, but it was getting late and we had a long drive back to the hotel.

I took some last photos of the lovely pink bougainvillea and the mountain view.

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Quite a lot of action at the hummingbird feeder.

We were happy to arrive back at the hotel and have a rest before we went to dinner. Next post – a trip to the hillside favelas.

 

 

2 thoughts

  1. Hello, finally catching up on your word press. Beautiful and so informative. Certainly enjoying your travels with you. Photographs outstanding. Helps to make one feel like I am right there with you.

    Thanks for sharing. How do you finance all the accommodations and travel? Do you need donations?

    This coming Thursday I will be flying to Guntersville for the Edna and John Graham Reunion. Lois’s oldest son Robert Bell and Kim host the Reunion. I will meet Betty coming from Virginia at Atlanta then we fly to Huntsville Alabama where Kim and Bob will meet us and on to Guntersville. Hope many of the families will be able to be there for the Reunion .Fly back to Atlanta of course Tuesday then on home to Cincinnati.

    Thanks for Word Press. Hot, Hot, Hot here. Couldn’t Sleep so I thought I would catch up on email.

    Mary Lou

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