Bogota, More than Just a Barista Center

/files/World-Barista-Championship-Bogota-20110529.jpg" alt="Bogota, Colombia - Host of the 2011 World Barista Championship" title="Bogota, Colombia - Host of the 2011 World Barista Championship" align="middle" height="200" hspace="5" vspace="3" width="601" />Well, it’s no secret that we’re all thrilled about the upcoming competition. Many of the baristas have already headed over to Bogota for a once in a lifetime opportunity to take the title of World Barista Champion in one of the largest coffee-producing countries in the world. Today’s blog is taking a break from coffee (pun intended) as we explore the city.

In terms of geography, Bogota is the third highest capital city in the world, and in Colombia, it is the most populated and largest city. It’s no surprise, then, that Bogota is a cultural hub, populated by universities and libraries, also known as the “Athens of South America.”

With over 100 museums and art galleries to choose from, it’s easy to get lost in the attractions of the city. Be it history, art or archeological wonders, you’ll have thousands of pieces to check out. Now, if you care more for the outdoors experience, Bogota also offers spectacular architectural feats as well as numerous parks. Alternately, you can blend culture with recreation, and go to a football (soccer) match in one of the sporting venues Bogota has to offer.

As if that isn’t enough to keep you preoccupied, Bogota definitely offers a unique gastronomic experience. Divided into different districts, you can explore the G Zone, La Candelaria or the International Centre, where you’ll be guaranteed a huge array of different foods, ranging from the exotic to the local signatures, such as the Ajiaco (a hearty soup of chicken, potatoes, spices, sour cream and capers). Of course, if you suffer from a sweet tooth, then rest assured, Bogota will fulfill your most basic and adventurous needs. You can go as traditional as a rice pudding or flan, or try the unique local sweet, queso con bocadillo, a guava based gummy sweet served with white cheese.

Admittedly, Bogota doesn’t fall into the most common cities people mark on their calendars to visit, but given the rich history and culture there, it should certainly be added. Whatever the case may be, we hope all the baristas who are now prepping for the Big Event will have a chance to explore some of the magic this city has to offer and let the games begin!

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