We never fall out of love with Colombian coffees

Author: Green Bean Buyer   Date Posted:3 February 2017 

 

Coffee traders regard Brazil as the bell weather for the global coffee market due to it's incredible volumes as the largest producing origin. Droughts or excessive rains in Brazil can affect the supply and demand price balance across the entire coffee trading landscape.

Ethiopia is revered as the spiritual birthplace of coffee, producing complex and diverse cup qualities and Kenyans fetch the highest prices, but there is one origin that consistently kicks goals all year round and has the firepower in beat all contenders in terms of incredible quality - Colombia

When you think of Colombia, 2 words often come to mind - coffee and illicit drugs. Coffee is a big feature of Colombian culture and contributor to the economy. There are thousands and thousands of coffee farmers across wide areas of Colombia (often referred to as Departments) and whilst most are poor or surviving on the poverty line, they do produce amazing coffees.

Colombian coffee are rich, high in flavour and present cups with powerful nuances. For these reasons, Colombian coffees are held in high regard by Coffee roasters around the world.

Colombia also has vast areas of ideal growing conditions, so where other origins may have just one primary season per calendar year and it's often a gamble as to whether their crop was good or just average, with Colombia's diverse regions you can source quality coffees all throughout the year.

Like Ethiopia's different regions, Colombian coffees from Huila will have differences, either subtle or pronounced to coffee from Narino, Popayan and Inza.

In 2010, Colombia's coffee industry was severely hit with the Roya (Coffee Leaf Rust) epidemic. Up to 40% of crops were destroyed and decision were made to restart from scratch at many plantations to avoid further spread of Roya and to implement more resilient varietals. It resulted in a spike in global coffee prices of up to 40%.

Colombia rapidly returned with vigour and within a couple of years it was back producing full capacity.

At justfreshroasted, we source between 4 and 5 different Colombian coffees each year. There are 3x Excelso and 2x Supremo coffees we hold for our roasting and all of them are min 85 point coffees. Some of these coffees can score over 87 points like our Excelso from Munchique Popayan.

In June 2017, we are switching our Colombian offering to a lovely Supremo from Huila called Fluata.

The notes on this coffee:-

  • Dried cherry, plum and cashew aroma,

  • high acidity, full juicy body,

  • dark chocolate, med/high sweetness notes of red grape, melon, apricot and honey with a cocoa finish