Welcome to Colombia’s Coffee Triangle!
One would figure that it’s all about coffee around this parts… and yes, it is, but trout also plays a big role around here.
Walking around the touristic town of Salento, at the heart of the Eje Cafetero, you’ll see as many signs announcing freshly brewed local coffee, as trout meals. This fish, farmed in the area, is abundant and thus has become a staple in the local cuisine. Deep fried, grilled over charcoal, baked in the oven, swimming in garlic sauce or prepared any other way, it usually comes served with rice and patacones (friend plantains).
Local campesinos (the farmer workers and coffee growers who look like stereotypical cowboys, but way friendlier…) love trout too. It probably tastes like home to them, followed by a tiny hot cup of tinto (black coffee). Always!