The world of coffee is a wide one, with around 70 countries producing and exporting coffee beans. However, at Regular Coffee, we believe that Colombian beans deliver the most balanced and approachable cup of coffee, and we’re not alone. Keep reading to learn more about how Colombia’s culture and geography contribute to the remarkable quality of its coffee.
Coffee grows best at high elevations on rich, volcanic soil and in a tropical, wet climate. Colombia’s coffee-growing regions offer exactly these conditions.
Colombia’s farmers grow their coffee on Andean plateaus and ridges. These steep slopes provide exactly what coffee plants need: volcanic soil, plentiful water, shelter from the sun and elements, and high altitude. This leads to healthier plants and top-quality beans.
Coffee beans come in two types: arabica and robusta. Most coffee experts agree that arabica coffee beans deliver a sweeter, softer, and more complex flavor than robusta beans, which are high in caffeine but yield a brash, bitter brew that many people describe as grainy. While many regions grow both types of coffee, Colombia exclusively produces arabica beans.
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The pure-arabica nature of Colombian coffee means you can rely on it to deliver an inviting flavor that’s worth savoring, rich with caramel sweetness and nutty notes. Many consumers know that Colombian arabica beans deliver the best flavor, which is why some coffee roasters cut Colombian beans with robusta beans from other regions. That way, these roasters can reduce costs and pocket the difference while claiming that they sell “Colombian arabica coffee.” At Regular Coffee, our beans are both 100% Colombian and 100% arabica.
In many countries, coffee farms cut production costs by strip-picking their coffee beans. In this process, a machine rips all the coffee cherries off a branch. While it’s certainly efficient, the strip-picking process doesn’t discriminate, and it often damages beans and adds unripe or overripe beans into the mix.
In Colombia, it’s standard practice to hand-pick only the ripest coffee cherries off each branch, which gives each individual bean the chance to develop its flavors fully. The practice of hand-picking, along with other traditional land use principles and techniques, provides the foundation of Colombia’s distinctive coffee-farming culture. The traditions of this culture have been passed down from generation to generation, and Colombian coffee farmers take great pride in their rich history.
Due to the region’s commitment to traditional agricultural methods and its overall cultural significance, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) designated one of Colombia’s primary coffee-growing regions, El Paisaje Cultural Cafetero, as a World Heritage Site in 2011.
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Colombians take coffee culture to the next level. While you might associate coffee culture in the U.S. with beanie-wearing hipsters who practice dubious personal hygiene, it’s more like a way of life in Colombia. You can find coffee at almost every street corner in the country, ranging from vendors hawking “tinto,” a quick, inexpensive brew that resembles American gas-station coffee, to beautiful and historic cafés that offer espressos and cappuccinos made from fresh-roasted local beans.
The Colombian Coffee Growers Federation, whose “Juan Valdez” logo is recognized all over the world, has served as a source of national stability over the years. At times during the Colombian civil conflict, which has gone on for more than 50 years, most law enforcement officials and government leaders fled the conflict zones that encompassed many of the country’s coffee-growing regions. Often, the Federation’s local staff were the only authorities who remained.
Similarly, some of Colombia’s farmers resisted pressure to flee their land and remained, serving as a source of stability throughout the conflict. Colombia’s coffee farmers work with a deep passion for their land, its preservation, and its people. We believe that their care and attention shines through in every cup of Regular Coffee, which is why we wouldn’t want to source our beans from anywhere else.
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Coffee cultural landscape of Colombia. (n.d.) UNESCO. Retrieved from http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1121Sherfey, J. (2015, December 16). Juan Valdez and FNC: The story of Colombian coffee. Eater. Retrieved https://www.eater.com/drinks/2015/12/16/10318056/juan-valdez-fnc-colombia-coffee