THE TERROIR OF PLANADAS
Tolima is located at the central south of the country and close to Bogota (capital city), however Planadas is a municipality located at the south of the Tolima department, here the distance changes and the roads don’t help to move fast. The average time by car between Bogota to Planadas can reach 8 hours, if the road is not blocked. The closest airport is actually ElDorado International in Bogota, showing the isolation and diffcult access to the region.
And this has a historical explanation since the region was the place where the FARC started as guerilla and this place was considered per decades by the Government as isolated and fogotten. But the coffee is the engine of the peace in the region, after the Peace Agreement the town grows and shows its strength. In fact, this region is known as one of the most important coffee producer of high-end quality in Colombia and the produced volume is very attractive by the coffee traders and roasters of the world. South of Tolima, and more specificaly Planadas, has been the winner of several competences in the country by its quality and this is, in part, thanks to the size of the farms (small ones), the dedication of the coffee producers and their families and the traditional wet and dry benefit of the beans.
The social impact of the coffee production is unbelievable and the positive effects in the community is consider as the most important bet to keep the peace trough productive programs.