Program Details

If you want to learn and have an awesome over-all coffee culture experience, the best place is in the Heart of the Coffee Region of Colombia, where you will find the one of the most unique and complete coffee culture in the world
Location:
Chinchina, Colombia
Program Type:
Volunteer Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Work Types:
Economic Development, Environment, Social Services
Duration:
1-3 months

Program Overview

Program Description:

Coffee is a complex agricultural product that changes from year to year and deserves the utmost care in growing, harvesting, processing, roasting, and brewing. Coffee is also a very labor-intensive business. Each step requires education and much attention to detail. Baristas without the sufficient appreciation for the huge amount of labor and commitment that has taken place prior to having the opportunity to prepare a single cup of coffee for their customers will never truly be a great barista.
 
If you want to learn and have an awesome over-all coffee culture experience, the best place is in the Heart of the Coffee Region of Colombia, where you will find the one of the most unique and complete coffee culture in the world as recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Thus, along with learning the many ways to prepare a delicious cup of coffee, we offer integral hands-on experience in all 9 elements of the specialty coffee industry from seed to cup.
 

  1. Growing
  2. Harvesting
  3. Depulping
  4. Fermenting
  5. Drying
  6. Sorting
  7. Roasting
  8. Quality Analysis
  9. Brewing & Enjoying


 Novice baristas and aficionados alike can learn the following: 

  • How to use and clean a coffee bean grinder and espresso machine
  • How to add foam and texture to milk
  • Adding artistic designs to the top of a latte
  • Knowledge of sourcing, roasting, extraction, milk temperatures and different brewing methods
  • Coffee production process, from seed to cup, and how each step affects the final beverage
  • Characteristics of different types of coffee
  • Roasting process, roast type, caffeine and Swiss Water decaffeination
  • Characteristics of Fair Trade, fairly traded, and Rain Forest Alliance coffee
  • Dimensions of coffees grown in different regions
  • How to create a drink for a customer based on his individual preferences

 

Additional Program Information

Scholarships:
No
Scholarships Description:
Discount based financial circumstances and need & match within the community for volunteer's existing skills.

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