Tales of Colombian Coffee

Seeing his goats dancing one evening and unwilling to go home, an Ethiopian goatherd discovered his four-legged friends were eating berries from an unknown bush. This, according to popular legend, turned out to be coffee.

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Some centuries later Europeans brought coffee to Latin America. The high altitude and volcanic soils of the Andes provide excellent growing conditions for the plant that supplies the world with its morning shot of caffeine.   

Today Colombia is known for its mild Arabica varieties and specialty coffees, and through this blog we will share our experiences of visiting the country's different coffee regions.

  Coffee plantations in Antioquia ©zipacoffee

Coffee plantations in Antioquia ©zipacoffee

What factors influence fragrance and aroma, and why does coffee from the Nariño province taste differently to Sierra Nevada? Why is coffee consumption surprising low in Colombia, and can coffee production substitute coca in the war on illicit drugs?  

These are some of the questions we’ll address by visiting farms, roasters and coffee wonks the length and breath of the country. We moved here over a year ago and have been sippin’ pure Colombian ever since. We hope you’ll join us! 

Paola & Andrew