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Discovering the Richness of Colombian Chicha: From Tradition to Taste

Discovering the Richness of Colombian Chicha: From Tradition to Taste

This year we finally embarked on an in-depth trip to explore some of the best locations and taste some of the most delicious traditional food in Colombia.

Colombia is a country known for its vibrant culture and diverse culinary delights, and one such gem that stands out is the traditional Colombian chicha.

For us, a visit to Bogota should be on every food lover’s bucket list.


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Where to Savor Colombian Chicha: The Allure of La Candelaria

While chicha can be found in various forms across Colombia, one place that truly invites exploration is the bars of La Candelaria. This historic neighborhood, nestled in the heart of Bogotá, is a tapestry of colors, culture, and charm. The cobbled streets and colonial architecture provide a captivating backdrop for your journey.

The streets and markets of Colombia, particularly in the Andean region, have long been graced by chicheros offering this flavorful drink. However, the enchanting La Candelaria district adds an extra layer of authenticity to the experience. As you stroll through its vibrant alleys, you’ll find establishments that serve up this traditional brew, allowing you to connect with Colombian culture in a deeply immersive way.

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About Medellín

Medellín, famously known as the “City of Eternal Spring,” captivates visitors with its modern transformation, stunning landscapes, and warm-hearted locals.

Eje Cafetero

And then there’s the Eje Cafetero, a paradise for coffee enthusiasts, where the rolling hills are adorned with coffee plantations that offer a tranquil escape from the urban hustle.


Origins and Making of Colombian Chicha: A Traditional Brew

Colombian chicha holds its roots deep within the country’s history and cultural heritage. Traditionally, this beloved drink has been prepared in clay pots using a blend of corn and pineapple, imparting it with a unique flavor. To sweeten the concoction, panela, a hard brown cane sugar also known as piloncillo, is added. Interestingly, there’s a non-alcoholic version of chicha as well, created from the same ingredients but without fermentation, meant to be enjoyed immediately after preparation.

The fermentation process is what gives chicha its distinct character. As the ingredients ferment, the flavors meld and transform, resulting in a beverage that boasts a complexity unlike any other. Served chilled, Colombian chicha is perfect for sharing with friends and family, making it an integral part of social gatherings and celebrations.


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If you want to prepare Colombian chicha de maiz at home, try out this recipe

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A Glimpse into Chicha’s History: From Ban to Revival

Chicha’s story is not without its twists and turns. In Colombia, chicha was banned in the late 1940s, leading to its disappearance from the mainstream. The authorities cracked down on its production and consumption, considering it illegal. For decades, making, selling, or even drinking chicha carried the risk of imprisonment.

However, in recent times, chicha has experienced a revival. While the ban is technically still in place, it is now possible to find and enjoy chicha in various establishments, particularly in Bogotá’s La Candelaria. The clandestine nature of chicha’s history has led to an absence of official regulations governing its production. Instead, the craft has been passed down through generations of chicha makers, resulting in a fascinating array of recipes that may include innovative ingredients like passionfruit or pineapple. In our case, we had one that was a mix of maracuya and mango.



Embark on a Chicha Adventure in Colombia

Colombian chicha is more than just a drink; it’s a portal into the country’s past, a fusion of flavors, and a symbol of resilience. From its humble origins in clay pots to its modern-day revival in the heart of La Candelaria, chicha offers a taste of Colombia’s rich heritage. So, the next time you find yourself in Bogotá, make sure to indulge in this traditional delight and explore the vibrant streets of La Candelaria to truly immerse yourself in the essence of Colombia.

¡Buen provecho!

Colombian food offers a splendid array of flavors, make sure to also include changua, buñuelos, ajiaco, arepas, bandeja paisa and arroz atollado to your list of food to taste.

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Discovering the Richness of Colombian Chicha: From Tradition to Taste

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