Colombia Coffee Beans started with a dream to bring the rich flavors of Colombian coffee to the United States and help the local coffee farming community.
That's why we partnered with Trilladora Barbarita and Flor De Apia, two coffee companies located in "eje cafetero ", the coffee axis, part of the Andes Mountains in Apia Risaralda. Both companies showed us the local tradition of making coffee and the importance of sustainable coffee production.
By combining our partners' expertise and our company's mission, we have helped many Colombians enter the coffee business in the United States. Even several farmers' sons and daughters are. now able to become baristas, lab technicians and roasters to build a better future for their families.
With your help, we want to become a professional coffee business in the United States by 2022.
Here we are in the middle of Colombian coffee country and the first reason that makes Colombian coffee the best in the world is the climate. Colombia is located very close to the equator so you get consistent temperatures year-round.Because there are three branches of the Andes mountain range emerging from the earth in Colombia there is a wide range of territory that's great for coffee.You'll also notice in Colombia the coffee farms are located on the sides of steep mountains this allows cafeteras to use different altitudes and different temperatures to the ideal situation for their crops.
From about 1200 meters to about 2200 meters you've got the ideal temperature range for coffee you've got a temperature which is not too hot and you've got a temperature which isn't going to cause frost which is also another bad sign for coffee.
You also need some periods of dry and some periods of rainfall. In ColombiaJanuary and February are dry enough to allow the coffee plants to flower and ensure a good harvest. They call Medellin the city of eternal spring well you could call the coffee country the area of eternally ideal conditions to grow coffee.
So there's two main types of coffee bean: the Arabica and the Robusta. The Arabica is well run known to be a higher quality it's richer a milder taste but it's harder to grow it requires the higher altitudes of Colombia. So you'll find robusta is much more common in places like Brazil and Vietnam with lower altitudes but you will find that the robusta beam has a bit more of a burnt taste. So that's why you'll find 100% of the Colombian coffee that's exported to the world is Arabica.
Now on to one of the most interesting reason and that is because the coffee is hand-picked the reason for this are the steep coffee farms which makes it very difficult if not possible for machines to navigate and pick. The other issue with machine picking is that the machine will strip the entire branch of the beans doesn't mean matter if they're green or red, ripe, unripe, lower quality beans, it's all picked and collected.
Columbian coffee pickers are handpicking the beans which means they cans elect very carefully which beans are of the highest quality so that's one of the big reasons why Colombian coffee gets a premium on the international market as opposed to something like the Brazilian robusta coffee which is used in blends and unbranded coffees.
Okay the final reason this is a government organization (FNC – Federacion Nacional De Cafeteros) which has supported coffee farmers since1938. They assist with loans they developed non-gmo bacteria resistant species of coffee plants. In the 1980s there was a coffee leaf fungi which threatened the entire coffee production of Colombia but the FNC developed a type of coffee leaf fungi resistant coffee plant and avoided disaster.They'll also ensure the coffee being exported to other countries is sampled and tested for quality. This is why Colombian coffee gets a 4% premium when it's traded as a commodity on the international markets, the quality is assured.
Ok so there you go if you're a coffee lover, why is Colombia not on your bucket list? You can come out and stay ona local Finca, or hacienda which is basically a coffee farmhouse in the beautiful coffee country. You can go to parque del cafe a coffee amusement park located here in the coffee triangle.Visit salento and the wax palms. Take a horse ride through some of the greenest and bluest scenery you have ever seen in your life. In Bogota and Medellin you'll find tours that will take you to the best coffee shops and explain you the entire process of how they blend the perfect cup. Get out to an operational coffee farm, there are tours that lets you get out stay on the farm and also tour the factory walk the fields and seefor yourself where your coffee comes from.
I invite you guys to get out here and come and see for yourselves the coffee supply chain and become conscious of where your coffee is coming from. This is a beautiful part of the country and it's more complex than you think to turn this into your morning cup of coffee.Imagine what your coffee is gonna tastel ike when you have context when you understand that it comes from this.
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