Colombian coffee trees: the scent of perseverance

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Colombian coffee trees: the scent of perseverance

In the western region of Bogotá, the coffee zone of Colombia stretches as far as the eye can see in verdant and fragrant valleys.

Coffee beans were brought to Colombia by the Jesuits in 1730, unless it was a traveller from Guyana who passed through Venezuela. Since 2011, the cultural landscape of coffee in Colombia has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. At the foot of steep mountains, bamboo forests give way to plantations of this black gold.

A few hours from Bogotá, Colombians shape the environment with their hands tired by hard work: Manizales, Armenia and Pereira are the three corners of the ‘coffee triangle'. When the orthogonal plots are green on the mountainsides and rugged plains, the drupes waltz into the workers' baskets and burlap cloths, the mules trample the narrow jungle paths and the horses gravitate around the haciendas. Come over to see the Colombian harvests from October to February, and again from April to June.