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Why coffee and tea tours make exciting travel destinations

Deborah Regen

“I love coffee, I love tea
I love the java jive and it loves me
Coffee and tea and the java and me
A cup, a cup, a cup, a cup, a cup…”

“Java Jive,” by The Ink Spots (1940)

Most of us look forward to that first cup of coffee or tea of the day. Besides plain water, they are our most popular beverages. Coffee and tea drinks are delicious, nutritious and give us an energy boost.

Are you a coffee aficionado? Can you identify the differences between arabica and robusta? Do you grind roasted coffee beans at home? Are you the first among your friends to try a new brand or blend?

Or is your kitchen perfumed with the scent of loose tea leaves and with teapot and strainers at the ready?

You’re the kind of person who’d most enjoy a coffee farm or tea plantation tour in some exotic far-off place.

Didn’t know these tours exist? Now you do!

Here are a few examples to consider:

  • Ethiopia — Africa The arabica coffee plant is said to be native to the country of Ethiopia. Ethiopians are friendly people and proud of their history. You’ll learn firsthand about how coffee is grown here and enjoy watching coffee-centered ceremonies. (FANOS Ethiopia Tours)
  • Colombia — South America For many North Americans, their morning coffee is the kind that originated in the jungles of Colombia. Coffee farmers there are often multi-generational, and some farming communities go back well over 100 years. (Colombia Eco Travel)
  • Costa Rica — Central America How about staying at an organic coffee resort in beautiful Costa Rica? You’ll learn about sustainable farming methods, walk among the fields, visit the greenhouse and chicken coop, swim in the pool and enjoy farm-to-fork meals. (Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort)
  • Hawai’i — USA The rich volcanic soils of the Hawaiian Islands lend themselves to highly productive farming. Local crops include tropical fruits, macadamia nuts and coffee beans. Kona is best known, but there are other types of coffee to try and enjoy while on vacation. (Hawai’i Forest & Trails)
  • Republic of China — Asia Cultivation of tea goes back some 5,000 years. In the ancient world, fermented tea leaves became an important currency for trade. Today, visitors can join tour groups traveling into China’s rural areas, where breathtaking views of hill-top verdant fields await. (WildChina)
  • Sri Lanka — Asia Here’s a unique paradise still unseen by most Western travelers. This island nation, formerly known as Ceylon, was part of the British Empire for more than 100 years. Sri Lanka is the source of the highly-regarded Ceylon tea, and it is the world’s 4th largest producer of tea. (Jetwing Eco Holidays)

To learn more about these coffee and tea tour providers, plus many other eco-tour companies, visit the newest eco-tour directory online here, and search by country destination. That’s “Eco Tour LinQ” with a “Q!”

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