With levels of hipness and creative acumen that rival New York City or Paris, Bogota also happens to be the capital of the third largest coffee producing nation in the world. What that means is that cafe culture is both in the ground and in the cup in Colombia’s metropolis of over 10 million inhabitants. Add the often-rainy gray Seattle-style climate of Bogota and you get the perfect mix of conditions for a world-class coffee city.
Visitors will be surprised at the sophistication and the seriousness of coffee culture here, a stark contrast to many other coffee producing nations that simply ship out the raw commodity to Northern climes. In fact, Colombia has recently invented its own Café de Origen movement, which links urban cafes and coffee consumers with small sustainable family farms in prime coffee regions of the country. This creates jobs for campesino farmers, some of which have recently switched from growing coca to coffee, and ensures the highest quality cup of Joe for you and me.
Step inside the vibrant cafe scene of Bogota, and you will find a strong connection between the people and the earth that is unmatched in any large city. In fact, for a real coffee connoisseur, this just might be the most dynamic destination in the world.
Ocean Malandra is a journalist and travel writer that divides his time between Northern California and South America. He has been working out of cafes for over a decade and is always on the hunt for the next great office with strong coffee.