It’s hardly a secret that Colombia’s identity is tightly interwoven with coffee. Juan Valdez may be the country’s most positive, identifiable image. And, if you travel to Colombia it won’t be long before you have your first cup. One of the joys of traveling through Colombia is visiting the coffee region, known as the eje cafetero in Spanish. There are a few things I’ve learned about coffee in Colombia that you should know. First, to order a cup of coffee, you can ask for café, but tinto is far more common. Second, many parts of the country (including the coffee region) serve coffee pre-sweetened with panela, a type of brown sugar that locals swear is different than refined brown sugar. If you don’t want your coffee sweetened, be sure to ask for it sin azucar. Generally, coffee is served weak. You can certainly find stronger brews, but don’t be surprised if what you receive is merely flavored water. Finally, if you’re going to go to a chain coffee shop, I prefer Oma or Diletto. The Juan Valdez cafes typically have the best real estate for their shops. But, I find the coffee at other shops better and their selection of sweet snacks to be of higher quality. So there you have a few coffee tips for Colombia and some coffee beans for today’s Suh-Weet Shot.