Colombia is probably the world’s best-known coffee producer and sits on the northerly point of the South American continent bordering Panama to the north, Brazil, Venezuela Ecuador and Peru to the South. It is a country of great diversity, both geographically, culturally and linguistically – with over 68 ethnic languages as well as Spanish. Its land stretches from the Amazon Rain forest to the highlands of the Andes mountains. It’s high standard of excellent coffee is maintained with great pride and careful growing on thousands of small family farms across the country. Such care and attention results in consistently good, mild coffees, with a well-balanced acidity. The rugged Colombian landscape provides the perfect natural environment for growing, but the terrain makes it difficult to transport the harvested coffee beans to production and shipment centers. Even today, this is often done by mule or Jeep.
Coffee was first introduced to Colombia around the same time Jesuit priests first began arriving from Europe in the mid 16th century. The leaders of Colombia tried to encouraged people to grow coffee, but they met with resistance. Worried that a coffee tree takes five years to provide its first crop, they wondered how they were going to survive during this period. A priest in a small village named Francisco Romero had an idea, instead of the usual penance at confession, he told them to plant 3 or 4 coffee trees. The Archbishop of Colombia ordered everyone to use this penance thinking it was an excellent idea and it became the general practice. This started Colombia as one of the worlds largest coffee producing country built on the penance of its forefathers.
Colombia is proficient in producing an abundance of truly delicious and sought after coffee and only produces top quality washed Arabica coffee. This particular type is Supremo, the beans are larger than Excelso beans and is the higher grading for Colombian coffee. These large beans feature undertones of juicy lemons, brown sugar, and milk chocolate. One of the most distinctive attributes of a good Colombian coffee bean is it’s body. It is rich and delicious, with a pleasant aftertaste that lingers. Fruit notes, chocolate, medium body, clean finish, balanced, bright acidity, caramel notes, nice aftertaste, smooth. If you are new to buying freshly roasted coffee and don’t know where to begin, or if you’re a veteran, this selection will satisfy your coffee craving!