What is Colombian Coffee?

Coffee may have originated in Africa but throughout the years, other countries have found ways to make it better. For those that want class, nothing compares to the crops that are planted and harvested in Columbia.

Colombian coffee first started in the early 1800's. It wasn't long before it was exported to Europe and the United States. Trade between these two countries exceeds more than 11 million bags per year with Starbucks being one of its major clients. Coffee serves as a drink that helps you calm yourself and relax, just like the calming treats for dogs works for pets.

This has changed later on as Starbucks itself decided to buy the plantations since it is much cheaper to own it rather than getting these from a supplier.

Colombian coffee beans are from the Coffea Arabic Tree. These are grown in the mountains under the shade of banana and rubber trees so they are able to get the right amount of nutrients from the sun. People can find most coffee bean plantations in the central and eastern region of the country. These places are not far from civilization given that these near the cities of Medellin, Armenia and the capital of which is Bogota.

It usually takes 4 to 5 years for these to grow so farmers are able to pick the beans. The farmers who tend the fields practice the dry process in order to produce the finished product. Once they are harvested, they are soaked in cold water for 24 hours which is almost the same technique in fermenting grapes in order to make wine.

Not all the beans will meet the standards set by the farmers. It is only after washing that the beans are separated so that only the best will go through the final process of being dried in the sun to lower its acidity level then packed and delivered to the customer.

Despite its flavor, coffee experts will argue that more people prefer the taste and aroma of those coming from Brazil. Regardless of what brand the customer decides to buy, the different products available at the grocery store each have a different taste that people will appreciate.

It wouldn't hurt to try a particular brand then switch to something else later on or better yet try mixing the two and see how it will taste. This practice is sometimes done by cafes to produce new flavors and concoctions that customers will enjoy should they decide to come in and hang out with friends.

  1. Karen
    June 7th, 2008

    Could you please check an atlas or encyclopedia for the correct spelling of COLOMBIA. The country is COLOMBIA, not COLUMBIA.

  2. Coffee Recipe
    June 19th, 2008

    Thanks Karen,
    I’m well aware of the spellings. This article was written for people who actually search for Columbian coffee. Believe or not a majority of people mistype the word. But since you brought it up, I will change it :)

  3. Karen
    July 27th, 2008

    Thanks for the reply (and the change!) and I apologize if I sounded rude! There’s actually a story behind my request – I wanted to buy a very cute “coffee clock” from Sturbridge Yankee but on the clock they spelled Colombia COLUMBIA. When I emailed customer service that I would love to buy the clock but only with the correct spelling of the country, they referred me to this web site for the “correct” spelling (when this web site still had “Columbia”). I do know that many people misspell it (I did myself for the longest time!).

    Anyway thanks again for both your reply and the correction!


  4. Coffee Recipe
    July 27th, 2008

    Thanks for sharing your story with me. Now I understand your frustration. :)

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