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Tour de la Finca Cafetera Las Brisas, Don Elias

Salento, Colombia
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Curious661808 wrote a review Jan 2020
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Learning about coffee cultivation. Knowing things about the pioneer farmer grandfather. Taste a good cup of coffee.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Erin Benfield wrote a review Jan 2020
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We really enjoyed our visit to Don Elias' coffee farm. It was recommended to us by our Hostel owners. We walked there from our hostel in Boquia and enjoyed the views along the way. When we got there, we were greeted and given the details about the tour. We were asked to wait while our guide finished his lunch. In the mean time we were greeted by Don Elias. We talked to him for a while and learned about his philosophy about the finca and even his outlook on life. It was comparable to having an anecdotal conversation with my grandpa. At the end of our conversation, he told us to make sure that we leave no questions unasked during our tour. We decided to take a tour in Spanish. While our Spanish is not perfect, Alejandro spoke very clearly and we were able to understand everything. We went through the coffee fields and learned about how the finca uses organic techniques to keep their coffee growing well. We then learned about the rest of the process, from harvesting to roasting. Alejandro was a great guide and was patient with our Spanish and our many questions. Afterwards we enjoyed the coffee we ground on the tour. We were able to talk more with Don Elias and the rest of the staff. We were also given some tips for our stay in Salento and Armenia. It was very laid-back and relaxed. We walked away feeling as if we had just visited friends but also with the knowledge about organic coffee-growing. We highly recommend visiting Don Elias and his family farm.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Sanne wrote a review Nov 2019
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We had a great (private) and informative tour, given by Matteo. Its a family owned organic farm which is cosy and not as touristic as the other farms might be, and just a couple minutes away from the others. Would also recommend the walk from Salento, if the weather allows it.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Adela256 wrote a review Nov 2019
Edinburgh, United Kingdom34 contributions6 helpful votes
The walk to the coffee finca is lovely (there is an amazing restaurant about half way back to town that we stopped at for lunch with amazing views, not a coffee place but a small restaurant). We just turned up for a tour, they offer them in English or Spanish and you can just turn up. Matteo was our guide and absolutely brilliant (also spoke perfect English). He really knew his subject and cared about it. The process is really interesting and different in Salento to other places we’ve visited. The tour cost 12,000COP with a coffee at the end. You can buy bags of coffee at the end of the tour but there was absolutely no pressure. I’d recommend visiting this finca - it’s family run and they work organically - over some of the larger more commercial farms nearby.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Buck1957 wrote a review Feb 2019
London, United Kingdom170 contributions53 helpful votes
Great experience. The guide explained the whole process and how they used nature to manage the coffee farming. Well worth a visit. Tour cost 12000cop and the jeep ride from the main square was 3000cop. I would recommend the walk there as It is very scenic.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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