COFFEE CULTURE COLOMBIA
Come along for the ride as we take you on a trip to explore the coffee culture in the South American country
Words: Aleksandra Georgieva
Photography: Nathan Dumlao
27 March 2019
Located at the tip of South America, the equatorial position of the diverse country that is Colombia creates an incredible place, matched by a very few other countries on the planet. From sandy Caribbean beaches and Pacific coastlines, to coffee-planted hilltops, emerald grasslands, high-altitude lakes, Amazon rain forests and snow-capped mountains, Colombia is a true paradise.
The tropical South American country has a climate so diverse, that it hosts six natural regions including savannas, deserts tropical rain forests, mountain climate and steppes. Colombia is a gem when it comes to nature, from its unspoiled seaside to Los Llanos' 550,000 long grasslands, spreading all the way to the territory of Venezuela. Colombian's cradle, Bogotá, is among the highest capital cities worldwide, while starting from there enthusiasts can only aim for reaching higher grounds. What is a well-known fact among coffee lovers, is that the higher the altitude, the better the produce of the coffee plantations can get.
Considered to be of intermediate size, Colombia impresses with its mega-diversity, which tops the global rankings of the most densely diversity locations per square kilometre. In fact, Colombia is the second most bio-diverse country worldwide, following behind Brazil only, which measures up to seven times bigger in terms of land size. This makes Colombia the perfect location for growing some of the best coffee globally as well. The country is the home to close to 45,000 species of plants, counting for nearly twenty per cent of the total species on the planet.
Farmers, working on Colombian fields, take care of hundreds of kilometres of coffee plantations. Trained in how to take care of the coffee cherries. They know all about planting, growing and harvesting the beans in order to match a quality product. Whether the coffee will be process as dried or washed, the tasting notes will be ultimately preserved as suppliers from all over the world buy the coffee to roast and sell it all the way to the end of the consumerism chain.
Depending on the region, the amount of rainfall throughout the year, the altitude and a whole lot of equally important factors, the quality of the coffee varies and so does the taste. From acidic to sweeter flavours coffee has different characteristics. Alike wine the flavour notes can be sensed at different parts of the human tongue. They can vary from citrus to fruits and even chocolate. This doesn't mean the coffee will taste like a desert, but in fact it guarantees a light and satisfying flavour, distinctive in its characteristics to coffee experts or the lovers of the quality product. You will be able to find Colombian coffee at most specialty coffee houses around the world or you can also order Colombian coffee beans online, if you know how to properly prepare the coffee at home.
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