Colombia coffee is medium-bodied with a rich taste and citrus-like acidity. The high volume of crops grown in the country (Colombia grew almost 10% of the coffee in the entire world in 2015) means that these premium Arabica beans are also some of the most aggressively priced on the market. The drawback to how common these beans are is that many people will find them very “mild” as they are used to the flavor.
Growing Altitude: 1,200 – 2,000 meters above sea level
Arabica Variety: Bourbon, Typica, Caturra, Tabi, Colombia, Maragogipe, Castillo
Harvest Period: September – December
Milling Process: Washed, Sun-dried
Aroma: Sweet (caramel), Cocoa
Flavor: Sweet (fruity), Citrusy, Nutty (slight)
Acidity: Bright, Citric
Three of Colombia’s most distinguished coffees:
The above types of coffees are named after the region in which they were grown and, these coffees are known by the acronym MAM.
One of the best Colombian coffees is Medellin Supremo, which is comparable to Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee though with a higher level of acidity.
Other coffees from Colombia include Cucuta coffee, and the Bucaramanga coffee varietal which is known for its low acidity. Some of Colombia’s finest coffees come from the Narino coffee-growing area in the south of Colombia.
Most people enjoy Colombian coffees as a smooth morning wake-me-up, and work well as a medium or dark roast. We do recommend that you order from a company that offers fresh roasting – getting it to you within a week of roasting – otherwise it will lose its aroma and freshness.