Colombia’s Coffee Triangle (known locally as Eje Cafetero) is a region of remarkable ecological beauty, renowned for growing some of the world’s sweetest, most aromatic coffee beans. With nearly one third of Colombia’s coffee production happening in this triangle alone, these areas present some of the best coffee farms to visit in the world.
This is nature’s paradise, with all-around avocado-coloured scenery. The alluring national parks, which cover steep valleys at the western edge of the Andes Mountains, offer a multitude of hiking routes. Alongside this, the locals in the Coffee Triangle are some of the pleasantest people you will ever come across, welcoming you into their villages with open arms.
Read on to get to know more about this captivating UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Why does Colombian Coffee taste so good?
The Coffee Triangle was established in the Paisa region simply for its ideal growing climate. The combination of consistent, warm temperatures, showers throughout the year, rich, volcanic soil, and dedicated farmers, results in premium coffee from bean to cup. The high altitudes – some farms reach over 1,500 metres above sea level – assist with maintaining a cool enough temperature to keep the plants on a steady course of growth.
The original success of the crops in Caldas, in terms of quantity and quality, led to cultivation spreading to the other two points of the triangle, Risaralda and Quinto. All three departments were producing the best Colombian beans by the early 20th century.
In 2011, UNESCO designated the coffee landscapes of Colombia a World Heritage Site, recognising them as a striking example of constant land use and the efforts of generations of families to farm in demanding geographical conditions. Coffee production remains central to the livelihoods, cultural identity, and legacy of the people who live here.