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Savouring the Richness of Colombian Coffee: A Journey through the Andes

Tucked away in the stunning Andes Mountains lies a treat for coffee lovers – Colombia. Renowned worldwide for its rich, flavourful coffees, Colombia proudly stands as one of the top spots for growing coffee. From misty peaks to lush valleys, every sip of Colombian coffee tells a tale of dedication, tradition, and quality.
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Colombia’s Coffee History 

Delving into Colombia's coffee history reveals a captivating story of resilience and innovation.

Coffee was introduced to Colombia in the early 1800s, mainly in places like Antioquia, Caldas, and Risaralda. But it wasn't until much later, in the late 1800s and early 1900s, that coffee production really took off. Fuelled by governmental initiatives and advancements in cultivation techniques.

Juan Valdez - Wikipedia

You may have seen this image on coffee packaging before. That’s because it’s the birthplace of the iconic Juan Valdez symbol for the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia, which began in the 1950s, representing Colombian coffee farmers and their commitment to excellence. The federation not only put Colombia on the map globally but also highlighted the importance of sustainability in the industry.

Coffee Cultivation in Colombia

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What makes Colombia so ideal for growing coffee? It is a fusion of factors, primarily being its geographical location and ideal climate. Colombia sits close to the equator, so it gets a tropical climate, but the high-altitude spots have cooler temperatures that coffee plants just love. Throw in plenty of rain, some rich volcanic soil, and the right altitude, and you've got the perfect conditions for growing Arabica beans, which are renowned for their superior quality and distinct flavour profiles which, in general, includes notes of caramel, chocolate, fruit and nuts. It also has a medium body and mild acidity, making it enjoyable to many palates.

Where does our Colombian coffee come from?

Antioquia; one of the first and well-established coffee regions of Colombia. Among the various coffee regions of the Andes, Antioquia shines brightly with its unique coffee offerings. Located in the heart of Colombia's coffee belt, Antioquia boasts diverse microclimates and altitudes, resulting in a spectrum of flavour profiles within its coffee beans. 

With its exceptional quality control measures. The rigorous process of handpicking only ripe cherries, followed by meticulous sorting and processing, ensures that every bean meets the highest standards of excellence. Additionally, the emphasis on sustainable farming practices, coupled with the use of eco-friendly processing methods, underscores Colombia's commitment to the environment and sustainability. 

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So, when you savour a cup of Colombian coffee, you're not just enjoying a beverage; you're immersing yourself in a centuries-old tradition of passion and dedication. 

From its ideal growing conditions to its rich history and distinctive flavours, Colombian coffee stands as a testament to the country's unparalleled craftsmanship and love for the bean.

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