The Colombian coffee growing axis (Spanish: Eje Cafetero), also known as the Coffee Triangle (Spanish: Triángulo del Café) is a part of the Colombian Paisa region in the rural area of Colombia, famous for growing and production of a majority of the Colombian coffee, considered by some as the best coffee in the world. There are three departments in the area: Caldas, Quindío and Risaralda. The most visited cities are Manizales, Armenia and Pereira.
It began growing coffee beans commercially in Colombia in Salazar de las Palmas, Norte de Santander and in the twentieth century was the primary product within Colombian exports. In 1999 represented 3.7% of gross domestic product and 37% of agricultural employment. The main coffee producing departments are: Nariño, Norte de Santander, Antioquia, Valle del Cauca, Huila, Tolima, Caldas, Risaralda, Quindio and Cundinamarca.
The area between the departments of Caldas, Risaralda and Quindío is known as the Coffee Zone because of the large development experienced by the cultivation of this product. This region was strongly affected by an earthquake of 6.4 degrees on the Richter scale registered January 25, 1999, and subsequently the region economically recovered rapidly.
The Coffee Triangle