Coffee Origins: Colombia
Discover one of the world's top coffee producers, Colombia.

HARVEST

Cauca + Nariño - May–July (main), November–January (fly); Huila - November–January (main), May–July (fly)

COMMON VARIETALS

Bourbon, Castillo, Catimor, Caturra, Colombia, Typica

PROCESSING

Fully Washed

FLAVOUR NOTES

Colombian coffees are well balanced, medium bodied, and bright.

MAIN GROWING REGIONS

Antioquia, Boyacá, Caldas, Cauca, Cesar, Caquetá, Casanare, Cundinamarca, Guajira, Huila, Magdalena, Meta, Nariño, Quindío, Risaralda, Santander, Tolima, Valle

ALTITUDE

1400 - 2,000 Meters

CLIMATE

Its climate is cloudier and rainier than some of the other regions, and the relatively stable temperatures and limited sunlight create a full-bodied coffee with loads of balance.

colombia Coffee Facts

Bag Size
70kg

Population Involved in Coffee 
600,000 farmers (estimated)

Typical Farm Size 
1–5 hectares

Bags Exported Annually
11–13 million bags

 

 

Colombia Coffee Farming

Despite being seven times smaller than its Amazonian neighbour, Colombia ranks number three in the world for overall coffee exports. With that said, if you ask most people on the street where coffee comes from, most of them will probably say Colombia.

There are three main regions for producing coffee in Colombia that together form a triangle in it’s North West: Caldas, Quindío and Risaralda. The Cauca River Valley, an important agricultural region with several large cities on its borders, rises above 5,182 masl – Although, thanks to its volcanic hills and lush agricultural regions, coffee production can be widespread.

Colombian Coffee

Speciality Colombian coffees have been compared to Brazils thanks to their natural sweetness, but they do tend to be a little more acidic with refreshing citrus notes – perfect on its own or for cutting through rich creamy milk in lattes. Colombians and Brazilians are often blended to create balanced espresso roasts.

In 2015 the Cup of Excellence was awarded to farmer, Astrid Medina for her coffee that scored 90.20 out of 100. We were lucky enough to work with this coffee last year and I can confirm it was absolutely delicious!

 

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