Lighting a Fire under Coffee Culture in Colombia


I met Karen Silva at a Juan Valdez coffee shop. She’s in her twenties. Serious. Shy. In a society that places quite a bit of emphasis on women’s physical appearance, there was no bling about her, no lipstick or flashy earrings. Her hair was caught back in a fine black net, a fashion that every other Juan Valdez employee was sporting. There wasn’t More...

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By Today News On Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Bogota seeks to privatize public telecommunication company ETB

Mayor Enrique Peñalosa asked Bogota’s city council for permission to sell the government’s stock in telecommunication company ETB, just weeks after the privatization of an energy company caused major protests. According More...

By Rico On Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Why It’s Hard to Downgrade from Uber to Taxis

Colombia taxis by bogotastic · Uber cars have been in Colombia for quite some time now. I have been here for over a year and everyone has insisted that Uber cars were far better than the Bogota’s taxi drivers. More...

By Today News On Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

70 years after initial proposal, Bogota’s metro plans suspended again

Colombia Reports Seventy years in the making, the scheduled construction of Bogota’s first metro line has been delayed yet again in the face of financial woes. The National Finance for Development agency has More...

By Today News On Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Explosion in Bogota injures 27

Colombia Reports A major explosion in a makeshift chemical factory in Bogota left 27 injured and 37 homes damaged on Monday. One woman is reportedly in a critical state at the Mederi clinic after the residential More...

By Today News On Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Sorry Medellin, but the Rolling Stones will go to Bogota

Colombia Reports One of the world’s most legendary rock bands in history, the Rolling Stones, will be performing in Bogota, and not in Medellin which had claimed to be “close” to signing the group. Medellin More...

By Today News On Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Peñalosa’s plans to ‘recover’ Bogota

Colombia Reports Bogota’s new mayor-elect, Enrique Peñalosa, will direct Colombia’s largest populace with a strict agenda in public security, transportation and infrastructure during his administration. Peñalosa’s More...

By Today News On Monday, October 26th, 2015

Santos has first meeting with Bogota’s new mayor-elect

Colombia Reports President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday met with the newly elected mayor of Bogota, Enrique Peñalosa, to discuss the future of Colombia’s capital city. The head of state met with Peñalosa and More...

By Today News On Sunday, October 25th, 2015

Bogota elects Enrique Peñalosa mayor, dumps left after 12 years

Colombia Reports Colombia’s capital Bogota elected Enrique Peñalosa, a centrist former mayor, to lead the city’s administration between 2016 and 2019, ending a 12-year rule by scandal-ridden leftist administrations. Peñalosa More...

By Today News On Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Colombia seeks US help in Bogota plane crash investigation

Colombia Reports Colombia will ask the US to join the investigation of the crashing of a plane in Bogota that left 6 dead and 14 injured while on its way to pick up prominent Conservative Party members. The More...