Origin Spotlight: Colombia

Population: 47,073,000

Output: Approximately 11.5m 60kg bags

Altitude: Ranging from 1,300 - 1,650m in Risaralda to 1,500 – 2,300m in Narino

Harvests: March-June, September-December

Varieties: Typica, Caturra, Castillo

Coffee was brought into Colombia by Christian missionaries in 1700s. Over the next 150 years, its growth as a commercial crop was steady, albeit unspectacular. Things began to change in the late 19th century, with landowners establishing large coffee estates to cater to growing coffee demand from the United States, Germany and France. In the early 1900s, the value of coffee exports amounted to about 50% of all Colombian exports.

Today, Colombia accounts for about 11.5m bags of coffee, and is the third largest producer after Brazil and Vietnam. However, it is the largest producer in terms of the higher quality Arabica beans. Much of the coffee is produced in what is known as the Colombian Coffee Triangle, consisting of the regions of Caldas, Quindio and Risaralda.

August 2016 Blooom Coffee Roasters Colombia San Pascual

Colombia produces coffees with a huge range of flavours, ensuring that everyone can find a Colombian coffee that they will enjoy. In general, most of them are heavier coffees dominated by nutty and chocolatey notes. However, there are also small selected estates that produce vibrant and fruity coffees. Our previously featured filter coffee from Blooom Coffee Roasters in August is of the latter type. Look out for its strawberry fragrance and cherry notes!