Colombia is known for producing one of the highest quality coffee in the world. Colombia has traditionally grown arabica beans and its unique geography makes it perfectly suited for producing a delicious, high quality balanced coffee. Yearly Colombia produces around 11.5 million bags of coffee, the third total in the world, after Brazil and Vietnam. Main Colombian coffee buyers are United States, Germany, France, Japan, and Italy. Currently there are more than 500.000 farming families living from coffee production in Colombia.
Colombian coffee characteristics
Colombian coffee is the denomination given to a 100% washed Arabica coffee produced in the coffee growing regions of Colombia: Santander and North Santander, Cundinamarca, Antioquia, and the historic region of Caldas. Actually the best rated coffee cup in 2015 is from the department of Antioquia, as Mark Shimahara describes in his blog.
Colombian coffee is described as mild with a medium to high acidity and body, and a pronounced and complete aroma. You can discover a variety of notes like honey, citric, caramel or even ginger!
Colombian Coffee quality
A high quality coffee requires taking into account themes as complex and diverse from the species of the coffee tree and its environment to the harvest and post harvest processes. It is the most important information that should be on any label or coffee package. Any coffee could be a blend, but only the single origin coffees can have a social and environmental tangible story.
As the coffee farmers in Colombia are mainly small scale, 2 hectares (5 acres) on average, the quality of the coffee is very good as the coffee beans are selected manually. As well it allowed maintaining an essentially family oriented activity in the Colombian coffee growing industry.
Coffee tour and workshop in Colombia
If you want to see how the coffee process works in a traditional Colombian coffee farm and learn about how to prepare a good cup of coffee…
Come with us on one of our coffee workshops “from the plant to the cup!