As our journey comes to a close, here are some photos of the best moments of the Café Imports Barista Champs Trip to Colombia
An intrepid group of coffee travelers gathered in BogotÃ¡, Colombia, early in the morning on Sunday, October 11, at the Hilton Hotel. After a short night of sleep (since we had all arrived from various points of origin, from Australia to Canada to the United States), we were on our way to the first stop on our very special journey through some of Colombia’s most famous and exciting coffee-producing regions. Our amazing host: Café Imports, which since 2011 has been treating the 6 U.S. Regional Barista Champs, and the United States and World Barista Champs (plus some lucky journalists and a few guests) to trips of a lifetime, exploring some of the most fantastic and storied coffee-growing countries on the planet.
I’m writing right now from the balcony of our loft in Cali, Colombia, where we’re coming to the sad realization that our trip is soon drawing to a close. Tomorrow, we fly back to BogotÃ¡, where we will visit the Juan Valdez flagship café, Origenes, and then take a spin through the show floor of the awesome ExpoEspeciales, which is the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation’s annual conference and expo, and the biggest and most well-attended coffee event in all of Central and South America.
My in-depth account of our 7-day adventure will appear in the December+January 2016 issue of Barista Magazine. I’ve also been updating Barista Magazine’s Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook accounts regularly throughout the trip. But I wanted to also offer a glimpse into our exciting trip here, while the wind’s still loud in my ears, while my mosquito bites still itch, and while my mind is full of all the wonder that is Colombia. Here we go!