Like wine or whiskey tasting, there a whole lot of complexity in coffee tasting. Beyond the over-burnt supermarket varieties of coffee, most people are used to, there a whole universe of flavor interplay that is often not explored.
Join us in this coffee shop hopping tour in downtown Bogotá and discover a whole new side of coffee. From how different regions infuse their beans with different flavors, to the best brewing techniques that take advantage of each type of coffee. Learn how coffee types, grind size, and brewing techniques all come together to accentuate different flavors.
To start off, our guide will introduce you to the history of coffee. From its origins in Ethiopia, its growth in the Arabian Peninsula, and its popularity in pre-industrial Europe, to its arrival to the Americas. Why and how coffee spread around the world and became the most popular hot beverage is key to understand the growth and importance of the plant in Colombia.
With some historical context under our belt, we will begin our coffee tasting adventure. Each of the coffee shops we will stop by specializes in different brewing techniques and have different coffee varieties available. All these varieties grow along with the three Andes ranges of the country, each region infusing its coffee variety with different flavor profiles.
On our first stop, a coffee expert will go through what are the important characteristics of Colombian coffee and how coffee quality is defined. Here, we will also go through some of the basics of coffee brewing: meshes, grinding, water rations, etc. Then we will get on with some coffee tasting.
In each of the three coffee shops, baristas will explain the characteristics of each of their chosen coffee beans. This will help you identify the unique characteristics of each grind and brewing method and find the ones you like the most.
By the end of our three-stops, you will have a better understanding of coffee, its history, its relevance, and what makes Colombian coffee one of the most sought after in the world.
Which beans are available at the time of the tour depending on local seasonal produce.