Avocados are typically part of an everyday diet in Colombia, but until recently, they haven’t predominated the cuisine as they have in the hipster cafes of the United States. Colombia renders Hass avocados to export to foreign markets — and increasingly so, with production rising by more than 150 percent from 2010 to 2015 — but hasn’t ensure much of an avocado consumption trend.
Over the past couple of years, however, millennial-friendly avocado-themed restaurants have begun popping up in Colombia’s capital, Bogota, serving dishes like avocado toast, lattes in avocado scalps and avocado pancakes.
Lisa Ramirez is a client at Azahar Coffee, a shop situated in Parque 93, a wealthy neighborhood to the north of the city, and she tells she was shocked when she first ensure Azahar’s menu.
“When I first saw the avocado toast with eggs, it was really weird. I find an American eating[ the dish] and I was like,’ What the fucking? ’” the 27 -year-old told HuffPost.
“We usually use the avocado for lunch and we eat it only with salt. Maybe sometimes we can put it in ajiaco soup — it’s a traditional dish in Colombia. But that’s all. For me, it’s really strange that people now are starting to eat it like in this style with toast, ” she said.
Despite the initial shock, Ramirez said she recognized the trend was a good thing for Colombia and commented on how quickly it had spread.
“Just a few years ago, the avocado was just another normal food. Now, lots of[ Colombian] people are posting pictures of avocado on Instagram.”
Just a few years ago, the avocado was just another normal food. Now, lots of[ Colombian] people are posting pictures of avocado on Instagram.Lisa Ramirez
In Bogota’s more traditional south, people on the street had a mixed reaction to the trend. Andrea, a school teacher, said: “I would like to try it, but I think it’s a place where I would go just once. Avocado is good, but not for eating every day.”
Another passerby, who didn’t want to be named, commented: “It’s weird because avocado is a really normal food for us. It’s really common. So to see foreigners want to go to a dedicated place only for avocado … I’m not sure I understand the point.”
Another popular new avocado bar is Lavocaderia, which opened three months ago in the city of Medellin. It still has a line, consistently around 20 people long, to get in. The clients are mostly young, trendy Colombians, the majority of whom are clutching smartphones, plus some foreigners from Germany and the United States.