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Published: February 19th 2012
Today we hopped on a Jeep Willy. We learned that the coffee farms are really dependent on these vehicles to travel within their farms. They used to have to travel by foot or on a horse, but now they can access the land much quicker. The Willys can hold a few tons of weight (coffee) and they even have parades during certain times of the year where they show off the Willy's by loading them down in the back with weights and they go up on two wheels and drive. The hotel La Tata is part of this really large coffee farm in the area, so one of the main coffee people- Juan Pablo, who has a degree in horticulture and gave us (well, told Jose, then Jose translated as best he could to the gringos) a very informative tour of the coffee farm/finca and the process to having a fresh cup of coffee.
The Colombians have really perfected the process and have it down to a science. From cutting the plants down so they don't grow too high that they can't pick the ripe coffee plants, to protecting the bananas and plantations with bags and labeling them with colored
tags so they know when to harvest. It was fascinating!
We were warned prior to this tour that there were ants and mosquitos. I promptly went and changed into long pants and tennis shoes. The other three idiotas wore shorts and are still paying for that decision with dozens of bites on their legs. HA! Pictures to be posted later. 😊
The finca (farm) we visited had seven different farms in one. Coffee, Bamboo, Plantains, Bananas, Avacados, Sugar Cane, and Citrus Fruit. The eighth was mosquitos according to Carrie, Jose, and Greg.
Greg got to "plant" a coffee plant and claims in a few years, some of the coffee we will be drinking may be from what he planted!
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