There are several fincas in the area that offer coffee tours.
For a short introduction, we recommend Don Elias, which is a small family-run organic plantation located approximately 4kms past La Serrana. Tours can be taken at any time of the day without prior arrangement, cost 6,000 COP per person and generally last 30 minutes to 1 hour. You will be shown around the farm by Don Elias himself, who will explain and demonstrate the process of growing and roasting coffee. At the end of the tour, you will be invited to taste a cup of their delicious freshly roasted coffee. Note that the tours are conducted in Spanish, but a basic understanding of the language will get you by. If you would like a tour in English then please speak to our staff who can advise you of what may be available.
For a more in depth tour we recommend El Ocaso, family owned and operated fro more than 30 years. In this Tour their experts will guide you through the crafted cycle of specialty coffees. Start your journey discovering the important role that coffee has played in the cultural development of the region.
Then, you will get to know step by step the growing process of coffee beans from the moment the seeds are planted until the cheery beans are selected and harvested.
Afterwards they will take you through their plantations to see one of the many springs where clear fresh water finds its way to the river. At this point you will experience the unique characteristics of climate, altitude, flora, fauna and birds that allow their plantations to grow the sweetest coffee beans.
You also will witness the peeling, washing, drying, roasting and marketing processes needed before a cup of Sustainable “Ocaso Coffee”. The manual selection is made by local single mothers.
Finally, immerse yourself in the tempting experience of cupping coffees with different kinds of roasting, grinding, and preparation methods. The whole experience will definitely leave memorable sensations to all your senses. We will teach you how to prepare a perfect cup of Sustainable “Ocaso Coffee”.
Basic tour is 15.000 COP and premium tour with coffee tasting is 55.000 COP
Looking for a real treat…If you have more of an interest in organic coffee and food cultivation, then the Coffee Reserve Sacha Mama is a very special place where you can enjoy organic coffee while learning about organic coffee production and the Slow Food Movement (www.slowfood.com). The reserve is run by Pedro Grojales who is a guru when it comes to environmental issues, both locally in Salento and worldwide. He lives entirely self-sufficiently at Sacha Mama with his family, and has been working to restore and replenish the jungle there since 2000. The reserve is two hours walk from La Serrana (downhill on the way, uphill coming back) and so you must be willing to commit the entire day to the visit. You will, however, be richly rewarded, as the walk is beautiful and the reserve is fascinating. Pedro is a very interesting and gentle character who has a lot to teach us about farming and the global environment. He has a huge variety of birds, plants and butterflies in his garden, and his house (built entirely by hand) is a little oasis of peace and tranquility.
The tour costs 50.00 USD and includes lunch from Pedro’s own garden – it’s delicious! The tour will last around four hours, and the groups are always small, meaning that it is a very intimate and friendly experience. A decent grasp of Spanish is essential, as Pedro will talk to you about many things and answer any questions you have.