LOVING THE COLOMBIAN COFFEE REGION
The coffee region is a geographical, cultural, economic and ecological Colombian region located in the departments of Caldas, Risaralda, Quindío and Antioquia. The capital cities of these departments corresponds to Manizales, Pereira, Armenia and Medellín respectively.
Most of Colombia's coffee production is concentrated in the fertile valleys of these departments. The climatic conditions (with temperatures between 8 and 24 degrees celsius), the geographical characteristics (an Andean tropical forest between 1,300 and 1,700 meters), and the geological characteristics, determine the production of high quality coffee. The Coffee region is for many the heart and soul of Colombia, as well as its cultural epicenter. It is a prosperous and generous region, which seduces the visitor with the aroma of coffee plantations and the delights of its beautiful landscapes.
In Colombia we know the people who live in the Coffee region as "PAISAS".
Beautiful Half- Caste rhythms
Have you seen a dance where the man approaches the woman with shyness and she responds with slight coquetry? In Colombia we have it, and it is called Bambuco.
The BAMBUCO is a typical rhythm of the Colombian Andean zone, characterized by its movement turns and its beautiful long suit that includes colorful skirts and patterned with flowers.This is only one of the differents rhythms that you can find in the Coffee Region.
The songs of the Coffee Region also appeal to its humor, way of being, living and laughing of the "Paisas". This is the case of the famous "Trovas Paisas", rhythmically speaking it is a mixture of creole words, whose lyrics are always different, must rhyme and are improvised in each execution. It is very funny in spanish and if you learn to say it, you will really surprise Colombian people: Al paisa nunca le faltan machete, carriel y ruana, ni mula, mujer, ni tiple, ni misa por la mañana.
Dear friend, if you are in Colombia you really have to Hear it!!
PAISA RHYTHMS AND SONGS
Stories of love, romance and bravery
Have you heard the history of the song "El jornalero" of the author Octavio Mesa? When you hear phrases like "A las 5 a.m. ya estoy levantado tomando agua y sal, porque ya ni agua panela los jornaleamos podemos tomar (At 5 am. I am already wake up drinking water and salt, because there is no water and panela water the muleteers can take)"; you immediately recognize that you are facing one of the strongest work cultures in Colombia: the Muleteers (Los arrieros).
Like this song, all the typical sounds of the Coffee Region tell a story about love, beauty of its city, the strong of its people and of course its food.
Know the history behind a Paisas songs is true Colombian Love.
And you already have lived the experience?.
The cultural tradition born from the Arriero (Mountain man)
Who has not heard about the famous "Bandeja Paisa"? Its components like Ground beef, beans, Rice, fried egg, "Chicharron", avocado, "Chorizo Antioqueño" and "Arepa" make it the typical dish of Medellin.
The history of this typical dish was born as a cultural tradition of the "Arrieros". Mountain men, who with their mule, shoulder shawl, boots, "Carriel" and "Machete", cross the mountainous areas of Antioquia every day in fulfillment of their work, and of course in their extensive journey they found this typical dish as their source of food and energy. But that´s not all! in the Paisa Gastronomy you will also find delicious entrys like the famous "Empanadas" and delicious desserts prepared from diferents fruits like "Guanabana Mousse".
The challenge of being in Colombia is to eat and enjoy like a PAISA people. Who is up for the challenge?
PAISA PEOPLE AND THEIR TYPICAL PHRASES
¡Eh Ave María! Accents that make you smile
Imagine that you are walking in Medellin and then a "Paisa" tells you "Eh Ave Maria Pues!!, este día esta muy hermoso". Over time you will understand that these typical autochthonous phrases of the region apart from getting a smile do not translate more than the energy, courtesy and joy of the Paisa people to communicate "Oh my god, its is a beautiful day".
Each Colombian Region has its own accents, phrases and histories, which tells us how their culture is created and strengthened; and the "Paisas" are not the exception!! One of the curiosities of this region are its women, characterized by being strong, confident and "Berracas" (All is posible working hard!!).
Coffee Region has one of the most friendly Colombian people, that's why we are not surprised when tourists decide to stay and live there. This is an unique Colombian Experience?