Colombian Cafetière Sachets
Full flavoured, high quality coffee favoured in the UK and USA.
Colombia’s biggest legal export is gourmet coffee, and their passion for growing it equals the amount they produce. Jesuit priests first brought coffee to Colombia from Venezuela in the 16th Century, and since then coffee and Colombia have been almost synonymous. This Colombian coffee is rich in flavour, with notes of hazelnut and caramel, a subtle sharpness and medium body.
History of Colombian Coffee
The first exports of good coffee from Colombia began in 1835 when around 2500 bags were exported to the USA. By 1875 170,000 bags of Colombian coffee were leaving the country bound for the USA and Europe. Exports continued to grow over the next hundred years and peaked in 1992 at around 17 million bags.
Today, Colombia exports around 10 million bags per year and is the third largest producer of gourmet coffee in the world, after Brazil and Vietnam. Colombia has long been synonymous with high quality Arabica coffee and today produces some of the finest beans in the world.
History of Cauca region
The mountainous Cauca province in Southwest Colombia, produces 7% of the countries coffee. With output from old trees withering, the last 3 years has seen the region renovate 14,700 hectares and the majority of the new trees will be coming into production next year. Cauca is part the region called “the new coffee belt”.
One of the cooperatives in the province is COSURCA (Cooperative del Sur del Cauca or the south Cauca cooperative) and it was established in 1993. It is composed of 15 farmer associations and coffee cooperatives and its aim is to pool resources allowing farmers to properly harvest and process their coffee cherries with the appropriate education and equipment. COSURCA is Fairtrade Certified and a significant proportion of its coffee go to the Fairtrade Organisation.
The Coffee itself
Colombian is the most widely drunk single origin coffee in the world. This is testament to its great flavour characteristics and solid consistency in supply and quality. Colombians are mild, nutty with notes of hazelnut and almond and yet sweet, often with slightly winy and fruity acidity. They are an ideal morning filter and cafetière coffee, particularly with patisseries.
Grown: Medellin, Colombia
Type: 100% Arabica
Tastes: Hazlenut, fruity