|Yes, I'm almost 47-years-old but I never drank coffee of my life. The most I had was a few sips now and then... totalling a total of about a quarter of a cup. I don't like the smell, I don't like the taste and my body isn't used to caffeine (not drinking tea or cola). But being now in the coffee triangle of Colombie, I figured I had to try it here. Even if I don't drink coffee I forced myself to drink a few while being on the farm. After all, it's amongst the best coffees of the world and it cannot be fresher... since it's roasted on site in small batches from beans harvested the day before usually.|
So, the first coffee we were offered
was in fact an espresso. It was extremely bitter and I had to force
myself for every sip... which was followed by a funny face. Then, as
the tour began with an explanation of the coffee history and
treatment, I had an 'americano'... which is a 'regular' coffee, like
drank in the USA and Canada... but in a small cup. I tried it as is
for a sip... then I added sugar. With lots of sugar, I was able to
drink the coffee at a regular rate without making funny faces. :-)
I also tasted raw wet Arabica grains,
and roasted ones (one 'crack' and two 'cracks', freshly roasted
before us). I preferred the first crack... it was a bit tart... but
the flavours were more concentrated. I even with another 'americano'
later before we went exploring the field and processing mill.
Me drinking my first Americano coffee today.
Overall, I can't say I liked coffee...
especially not the espresso. The regular coffee was okay (with
sugar). After those three coffees, I did feel my heart racing.
I will try a coffee with milk for sure
in the next few days... probably in Bogotá, in one of the Juan
Valdez coffee shop to conclude my experience of coffee in Colombia.
But I will certainly not become an addict of the most common drug of
the world (caffeine) and I will continue to live a healthy joyful
java-free life :-)
Tomorrow, I'll post more about my visit
of the coffee farm and about the UNESCO site of the coffee triangle.
The empty cup to prove I drank it all.