Valle del Cauca, Coffee, Cafetales, Colombia

coffee with a view

We spent a few weeks with our family in Colombia, to be specific in the Cauca Valley close to Cali. Our neighbor invited me to visit his fields, when he learned I had an interest in the crops. We met at dawn to walk down his plantation full of avocados, banana trees, corn fields and of course coffee bushes. Impressed by the size of his crop and the fact that although he is 76 years old, he works it all by himself. But he would not like to be dependent on the coffee only. The plant is sensitive and especially last year he had lost half of the coffee cherries due to insects, as he found out after washing the red fruits and peeling of the skin.