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Vereda el Rosario (vía Chinchiná in the coffee motorway)
Manizales, Caldas, Colombia
Hacienda Venecia is a full operational coffee farm in the picturesque Zona Cafetera in Colombia; Not far from Manizales, a 6 hour drive from Medellin.
While exploring this lush area, the Hacienda Venencia is a good place to stop and even spend the night, as the Hacienda offers two lodging options. A beautiful hundred year old hacienda house, surrounded by gorgeous gardens, with a pool and free roaming turkeys! As well as a newer house transformed into a hostel, with a shared kitchen, both shared and private bathrooms as well as a camping area with beautiful view over the coffee plantations.
We did not stay the night, but the other tourists we met briefly seemed very happy. A few were part of a state-wide bird watching tour.
The Zona Cafetera in Colombia has the ideal altitude (3600 to 6000 feet) to grow the highly valued arabica strain. At the hacienda, we took a day long coffee class, that starts with a walk through the plantations, viewing the different states of the grains. Then you are guided through the entire process of fermenting, drying etc. And the end of the afternoon, we gathered in the Hostel house to compare the smells of the different coffee grains to a standardized library of aromas; all the while drinking a lot of coffee !!
Funny enough, we found that many of the brands we knew from around the world sourced their beans direct from the Hacienda Valencia !! There are many different farms to visit in this rolling green paradise; pick one and go !
some of the brands Hacienda Venecia sells beans to