FIELD TRIPS

Let’s Talk Coffee® 2018 will feature optional field trips to farms in Huila, located in southwest Colombia, and Santa Marta, located just east of Cartagena. Additionally, we are pleased to offer attendees the opportunity to attend a Q Processing Level 2 Course taking place in Cauca. Please note that the farm field trips and Q Processing course trip occur simultaneously, therefore it is only possible to attend one of the trips.

Please note that if you are attending a field trip, you will need to have proof of a yellow fever vaccination. See our Venue and Travel page for more information.

HUILA FIELD TRIP

EXPERIENCE HUILA’S PRODUCTION FIRSTHAND

On Sunday, September 23, Let’s Talk Coffee® attendees have the option to embark on a field trip to the majestic coffeelands of Huila, a coffee-producing region located in southwest Colombia. Huila’s production has grown to comprise 16% of Colombia’s total coffee production, with a new emphasis on sustainable specialty coffee that we are excited to share with industry stakeholders.

During the trip, participants will visit Coocentral, the second largest cooperative in Colombia by production volume with an impressive membership of quality-driven smallholder growers. The cooperative is known for its innovative programs such as Mujeres Cafeteras, which equips women farmers with the knowledge and tools to succeed as specialty coffee businesswomen. The trip will also include a visit to the San Agustín archeological park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to the largest group of religious monuments and megalithic sculptures in South America. The spectacular artifacts featured in the park date back to the 1st century AD.

HUILA FIELD TRIP ITINERARY

Sunday, September 23

  • All day – Attendees fly from Cartagena to Neiva
  • Evening – Stay at Hotel Kahvé

Monday, September 24

  • 7 a.m. -  Breakfast
  • All day:
    • Leave to visit the San Agustín Archeological Park
    • Lunch during visit
  • 4 p.m. – Return to Garzón

Tuesday, September 25

  • Morning – Breakfast at Hotel Kahvé
  • 8 a.m. – Leave for Coocentral
  • All day:
    • Visit Finca Florida in the Gigante Municiaplity
    • Visit Mujeres Cafeteras
    • Traditional lunch on the farm
    • Visit Coocentral’s processing plant
    • Visit to Coocentral’s specialty coffee warehouse and quality control lab
  • Evening – Dinner at La Floresta Restaurant

Wednesday, September 26

  • 6 a.m. – Leave hotel Neiva airport
  • 9 a.m. – Arrive at the Neiva airport and fly to Bogotá
  • Rest of day – Participants leave Bogotá for home

Huila field trip cost and travel information

The price for the Huila Field Trip is $175 and includes all food, lodging, and field trip activities for the duration of the trip. This special price is made possible by Coocentral, who is sponsoring lodging and local transportation in Huila. Please note that the price does not include airfare to and from Neiva. However, the Gobernación del Huila (Huila Government) is sponsoring flights from Cartagena to Neiva and from Neiva to Bogotá for the first 20 roasters that sign up for the trip by September 5. If you are a roaster that registers for the trip, please email LTC2018@sustainableharvest.com with a copy of your passport so that we can book your airfare to and from Huila. We will indicate here when the 20 roaster limit has been reached—at this time spaces are still available. Non-roaster attendees will have to pay their full airfare and must book their own flights to and from Neiva. Most attendees will find it convenient to fly out of Bogotá for their international flight home. With that said, we recommend Huila Field Trip participants book the following travel itinerary for their Let’s Talk Coffee® flights:

  • Arrive at Cartagena Rafael Núñez International Airport (CTG) on Wednesday, September 19, 2018
  • Depart Cartagena Rafael Núñez International Airport (CTG) and fly to Neiva Benito Salas Airport (NVA) on Sunday, September 23, 2018 (if you are a roaster qualifying for sponsorship, we will book this flight for you). We recommend taking flight Avianca AV9789 to Bogota and connecting to flight Avianca AV9271 to Neiva. Please arrive in Neiva before 7:30 p.m. as a scheduled bus will leave the Neiva airport at 8 p.m. to transport participants to Garzón.
  • Depart Neiva Benito Salas Airport (NVA) on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 after 10 a.m. and fly to Bogotá El Dorado International Airport (BOG) (if you are a roaster qualifying for sponsorship, we will book this flight for you). We recommend taking flight Avianca AV9294.
  • Depart Bogotá El Dorado International Airport (BOG) on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 for your home. Please ensure that you have ample time to change planes in Bogotá—we recommend at least 3 hours of layover time to ensure you don’t miss your flight.

You can learn more about travel for Let’s Talk Coffee® here

SANTA MARTA FIELD TRIP

Explore the farms and natural wonder of Santa Marta

On Sunday, September 23, attendees will have the option to visit farms of the Red Ecolsierra cooperative in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta National Park, located just east of Cartagena. Highlights of the trip include visits to several coffee farms, overnight stays on farms, traditional cuisine, and visits to the beaches of the Tayrona National Park.

Red Ecolsierra stands out in Colombia for its production of organic coffee in the extraordinary natural environment of the Sierra Nevada. The organization was formed in 2001 after farmers banded together to form a supportive organization dedicated to increasing the profitability of organic coffee farming, which is uncommon in Colombia due to the high cost of organic inputs. Today, Red Ecolsierra consists of 18 small groups representing 600 families—235 of which are organic-certified farms, with 365 farms in transition. In addition to coffee, Red Ecolsierra farmers produce honey, cacao, and a roasted coffee product, called Café Tima, that is sold domestically in Colombia.

SANTA MARTA FIELD TRIP ITINERARY

Sunday, September 23

  • 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  – Travel by bus from Cartagena to Santa Marta
  • 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. – Lunch
  • 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. – Visit Finca La Eskandia
  • 4:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. – Afternoon break
  • 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. – Meet with a producer and chat about their passion for coffee
  • 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. – Traditional dinner of the Santa Marta region
  • Evening – Overnight stay on a farm

Monday, September 24

  • 5:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. – Traditional breakfast of the Santa Marta region
  • 6:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. – Hike through coffee farms
  • 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. – Visit and relax at Cascada del Jaguar, a beautiful waterfall
  • 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.  – Hike through coffee farms
  • 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – Cultural exchange about improving cup quality
  • 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. – Traditional lunch of the Santa Marta region
  • 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. – Coffee tour focused on harvesting
  • 2:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. – Afternoon break
  • 2:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. – Exploring coffee production from crop to cup
  • 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. – Traditional dinner of the Santa Marta region
  • Evening – Overnight stay on a farm

Tuesday, September 25

  • 5:30 a.m.-6:00 a.m. – Traditional breakfast of the Santa Marta region
  • 6:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. – Travel from Vereda Bellavista to the Tayrona National Park
  • 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Visit the Arrecife, Piscina, and Cabo San Juan beaches in the Tayrona National park
  • 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. – Lunch in Cabo San Juan
  • 13:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. – Afternoon break in Cabo San Juan
  • 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. – Leave the park and travel to Rodadero
  • 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. – Dinner
  • 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m. – Travel to Cartagena
  • 10 p.m. arrive at the Intercontinental Cartagena Hotel to spend the night

Wednesday, September 26

  • Participants leave Cartagena for home

SANTA MARTA FIELD TRIP COST AND TRAVEL INFORMATION

The price for the Santa Marta field trip is $650 and includes all food, lodging, and field trip activities for the duration of the trip (including the final night of lodging in the Intercontinental Cartagena). We recommend bringing comfortable and durable shoes, a hat, a rain jacket, sunscreen, and insect repellent for your trip. If you plan to attend the Santa Marta field trip, please book the following travel itinerary for your flights to and from Colombia for Let’s Talk Coffee®:

  • Arrive at Cartagena Rafael Núñez International Airport (CTG) on Wednesday, September 19, 2018
  • Depart Cartagena Rafael Núñez International Airport (CTG) on Wednesday, September 26, 2018.

You can learn more about travel for Let’s Talk Coffee® here.

Registration for the Santa Marta Field Trip is available within the main event registration process here.

Q PROCESSING LEVEL 2 COURSE

TAKE YOUR PROCESSING KNOWLEDGE TO THE NEXT LEVEL

On Sunday, September 23, Let’s Talk Coffee® attendees will have the unique opportunity to travel to Cauca, Colombia, to take the Coffee Quality Institute’s (CQI) Q Processing Professional (Level 2) course. The class will be held September 24-29 in Cauca, Colombia, and taught by lead Q Processing Instructor and Let’s Talk Coffee® speaker Mario Fernandez of the CQI, along with Assistant Instructor Yimara Martínez Agudelo of Sustainable Harvest®. Please note that class instruction will in Spanish only.

Q Processing courses are only offered a few times a year and Let’s Talk Coffee® attendees receive a special registration price for the class, making it a must-attend course for those interested in coffee processing. Please refer to the CQI website for a full description of the course.

The course will be held at TECNiCAFÉ in Popayán, Cauca, which is well-equipped with processing infrastructure to support class instruction. Additionally, the facility has a hotel where attendees will stay during the course. Please note that only 24 spaces are avaialble—we recommend registering as soon as possible if you wish to attend so you don’t miss out.

Q PROCESSING LEVEL 2 COURSE COST AND TRAVEL INFORMATION

The prices for the Q Processing Level 2 course are as follows:

  • $750 for Sustainable Harvest® Most Valuable Producer (MVP) program members
  • $1,250 for Sustainable Harvest® producers that are not members of the MVP program
  • $1,900 for all other participants

The price includes the course instruction and activities, food, and lodging, for the duration of the course. Please note that the price does not include airfare to and from Cauca. However, local transportation to and from the airport is included.

If you plan to attend the Q Processing Level 2 Course, please book the following travel itinerary for Let’s Talk Coffee®:

  • Arrive at Cartagena Rafael Núñez International Airport (CTG) on Wednesday, September 19, 2018
  • Depart Cartagena Rafael Núñez International Airport (CTG) and arrive in Cali Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport (CLO) on Sunday, September 23, 2018. Please book direct flight Avianca 9503 or LATAM Airlines Colombia LA4241 so that the group can arrive together and board the scheduled bus transporting participants to Popayan.
  • Depart Cali Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport (CLO) for your home after 10 a.m. on Sunday, September 30, 2018. The bus transporting attendees from Popayan to the Cali airport will arrive at the airport around 9 a.m., so we recommend booking a flight that leaves after 10 a.m. to ensure you don’t miss your flight.

You can learn more about travel for Let’s Talk Coffee® here.