One of the top five foodie experiences of my life. It’s
incredible. Breakfast of champions. Hi guys it’s John Quilter AKA The Food Busker. Now
you know me as the guy who cooks food on the street, but what you don’t know is 3 years
ago I set up a great coffee business called CRU Kafe, with Colin and our third founder
Bodil. It’s been a rollercoaster ride setting up the business over the last 3 years, and
now we’ve got one of our biggest challenges yet. We’ve been invited to showcase our coffee
at one of the most important dates in the coffee calendar. The London Coffee Festival.
We’re so proud of our coffee, but we want to create an exceptional blend that’s gonna
wow at the festival. But the clocks ticking, if we’re gonna develop one in time. And to
get the best blend we’re gonna have to go to one of the best countries in the world
for coffee, we’re going to Colombia. We were interested to go on this journey because
in our own separate lives we’ve been on adventures and when we opened the business this was at
the top of the list, but we just couldn’t afford to go.
Colombia is a very very special place for coffee, it’s the second largest producer of
coffee in Latin America and produces some of the finest coffees from around the world.
The north of Colombia particularly Sierra Nevada regions a place where some wonderful
coffees come from particularity classic tasting coffees, I just hope these guys don’t mess
it up. It’s a long way to go to get it wrong. 4:30am
in Bogota just spent 12 hours on a flight how you feeling? Not good. Not good, alright
let’s get some kip. My first impressions of Bogota, what an incredible
city, just a heaving bustling huge urban environment so full of energy, amazing food on the street
corners. Peanuts, coconut and pumpkin Just some of the best graffiti I’ve ever seen.
So while Colin met with some coffee people, I went off to investigate the city. I think
the highlight for me of Bogota, Paloquemao market, I’ve never seen fruit and veg of so
much colour, it’s just dazzling how beautiful everything is.
Eduardo how are you doing? Nice to see you. So Eduardo is a famous chef in Bogota and
he’s gonna show us around, so lead on. The name is Guanabana. I’ve never tasted anything
like this, its like fibrous but soaking full of juices fibrous. It’s amazing. Granadilla.
So this is the first food that they give to children in Colombia and it’s really delicate,
look at that. What is this? Waca, Electric leaf Taste. I understand why it’s called
electric now, it’s literally like its tickling on the back where I was eating it, its like
a little gentle electricity. It’s incredible. Lemon ants Lemon ants. The head is more concentrated,
lemon sour. Takes a bit of time to be released. Wow, ants are the lemon.
I reached out to a great company in Colombia called Lohas beans, it stands for the same
things we stand for. They work with these small farmers and help them reinvest their
savings and earnings back into their farms to constantly try to improve quality and that
is such an important piece because the improvement of quality is what improves their lives.
The company started in Colombia maybe 6 years ago. We had only 2 people in the team. The
company decided to only sell and buy organic coffee because we believe in the sustainability.
Are you anticipating 2017 to be a good harvest or? Very good harvest, we have a lot of increase
of production and the quality of the coffee is very different than last year. And you
expect the prices this year to go up from last year? My goodness I really don’t know.
The market now is very high. Thank you very much for having us, and I’m really looking
forward to visiting the plantations in Sierra Nevada. It’s gonna be great
Right now street food is a massive thing in Colombia and as you travel round you see these
little carts everywhere, it’s a really traditional thing to get your coffee in the morning from
one cart and then come and get your breakfast from another and this lovely lady has allowed
me to jump and gatecrash the party and crack on and cook a nice little Colombian dish.
SO come on. Hello, how are you, say hello to FoodTube.
What is this called? Okay, so it’s like a baby omelette and it’s called little eggs.
little bit of butter, let me do it let em do it. Little bit of salt, i like it. You
can see the butter sizzling, perfect get that going in Lid on chef. Now twist? okay. And
then we’re gonna do ham and cheese. She’s working me hard. What’s this called? It’s
a corn, kind of like a corn tortilla, very traditional thing. Little bit of butter and
then you put the omelette inside, Yes chef I’m on it. Then this back on and then that
guy. Look at that. Perfect! Good on yah. How cool is that a come and have a look at this.
Right I’m going in. Oh mate, breakfast of champions.
Its important for us to go direct to source, you know to really build and force those relationships
on the ground. Smells really good, smells Colombian coffee. The one that your having
right now is from Narino, just from the south west of Colombia, and this one is from Quindio,
this is one of the parts of the coffee triangle of Colombia which goes from Quindio, Cladas
and Risaralda. Also Sierra Nevada, I believe you are travelling there, its like a an hour
probably 2 hour drive from Santa Marta to Sierra Nevada, it’s close to here and we call
it Parque Tayrona, which is really humid really hot but its beautiful. I can not wait. Yeh no, don’t give me a hand. I’ve got it all. Hang on Hello its John. Oh hey how are
you? Yeh yeh yeh, So your from Santa Marta? Brilliant. How much do we want? Erm, well
how much have you got? Yeh i think we are absolutely fine to take that. Yeh put our
name down for that, cool. Alright well nice one, we’ll see you in a couple days, see you
later, Bye. Anytime you wanna stop filming Ed and give us a hand just let me know yeh. Here you go buddy. Cheers to Bogota. Yeh man. So how was your day? Insane, had the best
day ever, cool market, did some cooking, incredible. What about you? Hooked up with Lohas Coffee.
Got the lay of the land, kicked the tyres, feeling pretty comfortable about it. Nice.
and cant wait to get to, there the ones that are gonna take us to Santa Marta and take
us there. Oh Really? because those guys rung me today and they were like John we got this
container for you, are you up for it, I was like Boom! We’ll take it. You committed to
a container? Yeh. I wish you hadn’t done that, We’re not, I’m just not comfortable yet, there’s
so much up in the air and we still really need to really taste that coffee. We just traveled all the way up to Sierra Nevada Mountains to meet this trouble maker.
Just look how tasty this looks. It’s unbelievable when you see it, you see all the things that