Coffee is at the heart of Jardín, a quaint Colombian pueblo, or village, nestled in the northern reaches of the Andes Mountains, as corn is to small town Iowa: the local economy that forms a cultural identity. When my tinto arrived, it was easy to see why: The flavor, strong and bold, flowed directly from the beans, not a burned layer from roasting. I took another sip from my teacup-size demitasse and noticed that of all the people drinking coffee around me, a travel mug or paper cup was nowhere to be found. No one was taking their coffee to-go. Everyone was sitting, sipping, enjoying.
From “In Colombia’s Coffee Belt” by Gustave Axelson for New York Times; Photo by Federico Rios Escobar