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Artisan Tropic’s Guide to Armenia, Colombia


We’re getting ready to travel to Armenia, the city in Colombia where our snacks are made, to work on our gluten-free certification. Armenia is the capital of the Colombian department of Quindío. We love it for its beautiful shades of green thanks to its diverse vegetation and a magical climate that stays pretty close to 70 degrees year-round. Part of Colombia’s coffee-growing region (eje cafetero), the area is rich in fertile soil so aside from coffee; plantains, yuca and guadua (a type of bamboo) also grow there.

It’s a beautiful city and while it’s not one that people often think about when planning a trip to Colombia, it’s a great starting point for exploring Colombia’s coffee-growing region. We put together a small guide for those considering a visit to Armenia and its surrounding areas. Here are our top picks.


Why We Use Sustainable Palm Oil

Palm fruit oil

If you’re familiar with Artisan Tropic snacks, you know that we use sustainable palm oil to crisp our plantain and yucca strips. It’s one of three ingredients or less that we use in our snacks and one that we take great care to source.

Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil extracted from the fruit of the oil palms. According to the International Institute of Sustainable Development, palm oil is the most widely used vegetable oil in the world today. What makes it so attractive? Palm oil has many benefits. It has the perfect balance of fatty acids, which makes it stable for cooking at high temperatures unlike some other vegetable oils, which can become unstable when heated. Palm oil is also cholesterol free and since it doesn’t require hydrogenation, it’s also trans-fat free.