Small Family Farms Dominate Colombia’s Coffee Country


If you’re reading this while sipping your morning coffee, chances are that the coffee beans came from a farm like the one run by Nicolas Spath.

We recently visited the heart of Colombia’s famous coffee region where Spath showed us around his small farm with 2,000 coffee trees.

We were in the town of Filandia, surrounded by coffee farms and known for its wildly colourful buildings. Wanting a closer look at coffee production, we arranged for a tour of a nearby farm.

Spath picked us up in his 1954 Willys Jeep. Old Jeeps from the 1940s and 1950s are a common sight. Years ago they replaced mules as the work-horses of coffee country. They can haul heavy loads, such as several bags of coffee, and are suited to the mountainous terrain.

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