Have you heard of it? It’s been dubbed the next big trend to hit the socials by none other than coffee lovers themselves. Coffee tourism brings together the love of travel and coffee. The terms ‘Coffee tourism’ or ‘The Coffee Tourist’ is the latest craze amongst millennials looking to get their Insta feed buzzing with likes and follows. Being a coffee tourist doesn’t only have benefits for Instatravellers, it is also a way of helping the coffee industry alleviate poverty where it is grown and harvested the most.
So, what is Coffee tourism? Well, it’s pretty straightforward. Essentially it involves visiting countries where coffee is grown, tasting different types of coffee and trying out different coffees in countries renowned for its production and consumption. It may just be the best type of travel there is for coffee lovers.
Coffee countries have lots of natural beauty, offering travellers the opportunity to take a coffee journey while still enjoying the traditional sights and sounds. The coffee industry is largely made of countries that have rolling hills of coffee farms traditionally catering to its tourist market.
Brazil is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It is known for its party vibe and is most likely the reason why coffee is produced there in abundance, to cure
hangovers! Brazil’s coffee producing cities like Sao Paulo offers private full day tours of coffee farms. This allows you to experience the rural charms of Brazil such as learning the samba but with a coffee high.
The tours allows one to venture inside the main farmhouses to discover its original features. Here, coffee tourists can learn about the history of the farm, enjoy the architecture and understand the production of beans from growing to roasting stages. Moreover, coffee tourists can also meet with local farmers, listen to stories about the important role that coffee has played in the history and development of modern day Brazil.
The on-site coffee shops offer the opportunity to try out different types and aromas of coffees, grounded right before drinking. In addition, you can try coffee liqueur, jabuticaba fruit, handmade cachaça, papaya candies, pickles, honey and much more.
Vietnam can be a coffee lovers dream – or rather, a coffee tourist’s dream. This country, with its rich history, has an amazing beauty but with an equally brutal history due to the American War on Vietnam (also known as the Vietnamese War). The city of Hanoi provides amazing coffee tour experiences where coffee tourists can gain a deeper appreciation of the two essential ingredients of modern Vietnamese life – tea and coffee – away from the bustle of the streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, in a stylish and spacious setting.
Coffee tourists are encouraged to soak up the knowledge and experiences of a local French-trained coffee and tea gourmet barista and learn how to prepare coconut coffee, flower tea, and egg coffee. Furthermore, coffee tourists will also learn about the history, economics and fascinating secrets and techniques behind these two widely-loved beverages, before savouring the fruits of one’s efforts.
When one thinks of Indonesia, one thinks of Bali. As a coffee lover with knowledge of Bali, it is almost certain that one will have heard of luwak coffee, the most expensive coffee in the world.
Coffee tourists visiting Bali can visit a coffee plantation to learn about the famous luwak coffee, made from the beans of coffee berries part digested by Asian palm and other civets. What’s more, tourists will also learn how the farmers collect the still-intact beans from the forest floor and how they are cleaned, roasted and grinded. Tourists get the full experience by getting to see the full process of making the unusual brew, and get a chance to try some other infused coffees, tea and cocoa drinks.
Colombia, the home of Pablo Escobar and the Medellin cartel, apparently that’s not the only thing the country is known for, has an expansive array of delicious coffee blends.
Coffee tourists can enjoy tours through towns like Medellin, to a coffee-making farm while listening to a brief history about the origin of the coffee and how it was first brought to Colombia. They will then be given the chance to don the typical costume of the paisa muleteer – including the beautiful hats, poncho, paruma, and the tail of a rooster. Thereafter, tourists are encouraged to visit the coffee plantation to carry out a coffee harvest, during which they reduce the mixture to a pulp and finally, dry it all into the finished product.
After these activities, tourists are invited to sit down for a refreshing drink of musilago (coffee juice) and a tea made from the coffee pulp. This is then followed by a traditional dish from the region made with banana, honey and cheese. The guides will also explain some techniques on how to prepare and drink coffee and have a short tasting of different coffees and canapes.
Ethiopia has much to offer to international coffee tourists. From the Blue Nile Falls to world-class archaeological sites and friendly and welcoming people, Ethiopia is a country many fall in love with. This country is definitely for all coffee tourists. Ethiopians have been drinking coffee since the 15th century. It has thus become a part of life as they know it and they have a unique way of preparing it, coffee tourists are encouraged to experience this.
The coffee experience includes visiting the heart of the Ethiopian Coffee Trade at the Shola market, to visit the Coffee Traders selling their goods. Some tours include buying freshly sourced raw green coffee beans from the different regions of Ethiopia. This can be chosen based on taste preferences between Sidamo, Jima, Harrar , Yirga cheffe beans. After that tourists are whisked off to one of the local coffee shops to experience the cultural and ancient Ethiopian coffee ceremony.
Tourists will get to:
Wash the green coffee beans. Roast their own green coffee beans Ground the beans Brew it Drink it Enjoy the freshest Ethiopian Coffee Take the rest of the roasted coffee home Hondurus
Honduras is a tourist destination that attracts visitors to its natural environment – white and dark sand beaches, coral reefs, abundant flora and fauna and archaeological sites. Other attractions include the area’s customs and traditional foods. The country takes its coffee and coffee culture very seriously, as they should since 15 of its 18 states are producing coffee beans.
Visitors can learn about the harvesting and production of the famous Cafe Welchez brand, some of the finest high elevation coffee in the country. Each coffee farm offers a unique way to learn about the unique coffee culture for which Honduras is famous. Location and elevation play critical roles in how each of these plantations effectively cultivates its harvests. Honduras is rich in biodiversity and comprises many ecosystems, including dense rainforests, towering cloud forests, rushing rivers, and the largest coral reef in the Americas.
The country also provides coffee enthusiasts with the ideal playground for outdoor and adventure activities, including scuba diving, snorkelling, white-water rafting, waterfall repelling, wildlife adventures, and more.
One of the oldest civilisations in the world, India is a mosaic of multicultural experiences. With a rich heritage and myriad attractions, the country is among the most popular tourist destinations in the world. India’s prime coffee district Coorg, is covered in lush plantations that blanket the hill town in green. These plantations mainly grow Arabica and Robusta varieties. They are surrounded by quaint homestays and properties which overlook the scenic plantations dotted with lakes and rolling green hills. A visit during the berry picking season in November is ideal.
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