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Antioquia & Quindio
Various smallholder farmers
Bourbon, Caturra, Typica
Washed / Sun Dried
1100 – 1500 M.A.S.L.
October – December
Almond, Caramel, Chocolate, Grapefruit, Balanced
Colombia Excelso EP are large beans but slightly smaller than Supremo with a screen size of 14 – 16. The term Excelso is used as quality grading due to the correlation between bean size and flavor. Supremo and Excelso coffee beans may be harvested from the same tree, as they’re sorted by size after processing.
Medellín – known as the “City of Eternal Spring” is the capital city of the department of Antioquia, located in the north west and the birthplace of coffee in Colombia.
Colombia is the largest producer of washed Arabica coffee and third highest in elevation in the world, after Brazil and Vietnam. Its annual production ranges from 12 million to 15 million 70-kilo (154 lbs) bags. Annually Colombia exports approximately 12.5 million bags and consumes about 2 million bags. Colombia is very unique that is able to produce coffee all 12 months of the year due to it’s range of microclimates and terrain. The flowering period is from April – October and the Main Crop harvest from September – December. The Mitaca harvest runs from March – June.
The primary varieties grown in Colombia are Caturra, Bourbon, Typica and Variedad Colombia (resistant to leaf rust disease know as Roya). Colombian coffee is referred to by the region in which it is grown and altitudes range from 1,100 – 2,000 meters above sea level.