Colombia washed Arabica Excelso EP Antioquia El Retiro
|Unit of Measure||GrainPro bags of 70kg|
|Bag Type||Grain Pro|
Located in the country’s northwestern part, the department of Antioquia is the birthplace of coffee in Colombia and one of its largest coffee production areas. Due to the mountainous landscape with a mellow and humid climate, this area has a rich heritage of coffee cultivation. Some of the finest Colombian coffees originate in this region.
Embedded between the Cordillera Occidental and the Cordillera Central, the Andean mountain ranges in Antioquia create a unique microclimate nourished by several small rivers that curl through the valley. The average temperature remains steady between 17 and 23 °C with balanced rainfalls. All of this provides excellent conditions for coffee production in the rural hills surrounding the metropolitan valley of Medellín. On top of that, Antioquia’s soil has a reputation of superb quality, with the capacity of preserving water and allowing for water supply even during dry periods.
This coffee is sourced from the municipality of El Retiro. It grows at approximately 1,900 meters above sea level. During harvest, the farmers carefully pick only the ripest cherries. At the washing station, the coffee cherries are washed and spread out in the sun to dry before being prepared for transport.
Historically, Colombia has been shattered by various periods of violence and setbacks. However, in the past 20 years, Colombia has leaped to becoming an economic powerhouse in Latin America. On the quest for distinguished coffees, you simply cannot miss Colombia. Its quality reputation stems from hard work and excellent terrain.
Colombia's natural beauty stems from its extreme diversity: two oceans, snow-peaked mountains and glaciers, endless deserts as well as the Amazon basin are found in this unique South American gem. The west of the country is dominated by three Andes mountain ranges, called the Cordilleras.
Due to their proximity to the equator, several microclimates are formed within these mountain ranges. Add to that altitude ranges from 800 to 2,200 meters, and you will start to realize why Colombian coffees are so diverse.
|COFFEE REGIONS||Huila, Antioquia, Quindio, Risaralda, Caldas, Tolima, Cauca, Valle del Cauca, Santander, Cundinamarca, Narino, Sierra Nevada|
|COFFEE ALTITUDES||900 – 2,300 masl.|
|VARIETIES||Typica, Caturra, Castillo|
|HARVEST PERIOD||Sep – Dec (Main Crop), Mch – Jun (Fly Crop / Mitaca)|
|COFFEE FARMS||Smallholders and plantations|
|AVERAGE FARM SIZE||0.5 – 5.5 ha|
|YEARLY PRODUCTION (IN 60KG BAGS)||14,100,000|