Colombia’s capital is a cosmopolitan city that sits 8,660ft above sea level within the Andes. Because of its location, Bogotá has panoramic mountain views and a temperature average of between 8°C and 24°C. It is fast becoming ‘South America’s Next Capital of Cool’ – as dubbed by Forbes magazine, and with its fabulous restaurants, trendy bars and designer boutiques – it’s clear why. I recently spent 48 hours here to see what all the hype was about.
We started our day in the best way – with an introduction to Colombian coffee, along with a molecular tasting, at Café San Alberto in the Usaquén quarter. This is a wonderful first experience because you learn all about the significance of coffee in the country. Sadly, almost all of the decent produce is exported but this cafe is a good place to experience some really amazing, fresh brews and buy some beans to take home. You are guided through the flavours and aromas by a specialist, as if drinking wine with a sommelier, and taught how the quality is affected by the cultivation process. They also show you all the different methods of brewing and what happens to coffee when you are making a cold brew, latte or espresso. It is really interesting and fun.