An Indian, A German, and a Russian sit around the coffee table…
If there is something that ties every country in the world together, stands out even in an assortment of ethnicities, what an American, an Indian, a Japanese and a Kenyan have in common, is the love for coffee. Believe me, the camaraderie I see at my coffee shop is stronger than my brew.
Who doesn’t enjoy the aroma of freshly brewed coffee in the morning? Nothing excites the senses more than the rich, muddy scent of strong coffee. A shot of espresso to jumpstart the day, or maybe a thick Latte to accompany the daily news?
Coffee has endured what most traditions couldn’t through generations. Yes, conversations happen more over a text than in person nowadays, and kisses are given through those pouty electronic yellow faces than with a warm embrace, but trust me, a coffee date will always be a special date, and no amount of ‘Netflix and chill’ will be able to dethrone a ‘would you like to have a coffee with me?’
It’s in Your Cup, But Where Did It Come From?
A little bit of history. Although believed to be first discovered and cultivated in Africa, coffee beans are now harvested in over 60 countries. The most popular of these harvesting countries, and the producer of the world famous ‘Juan Valdez’ coffee, being Columbia. Here is the classic commercial.
It’s a well-known fact that the two most popular types of coffee are Arabica and Robusta. They are so popular in fact, that they made it into my school curriculum. Of the two, Arabica is considered the richer bean. The Colombian climate and altitude favors the Arabica plant, and the estates here get a good yield of the prime coffee.
Did you know, it is believed that a Jesuit priest first discovered the coffee plant in Colombia? Although, this only believed to be true because the first mentions of the coffee plant were found written in a book kept by a Jesuit priest, Jose Gumilla.
Colombian coffee estates are generally family owned, and they occupy small land as compared to other countries. This is a boon in my opinion, the coffee is given more care and the bean is selected with more scrutiny ensuring the perfect coffee powder.
The Supremo bean, with its sweet taste and medium strength is considered the finest of Colombian coffees. The Supremo bean is larger than the other products of the region, hence the name. The key distributors or coffee lie in Bogota, Cauca and the ‘coffee triangle’ of Caldas, Risaralda and Quindío. ‘The Bogota Coffee Company’ and ‘Coffee Bean Direct’ are popular suppliers of Colombian coffee, especially the Supremo Bean.
If you’re craving a cup of hot coffee, just walk into my coffee house. Have a cup, have a conversation, have an experience.
Lift your coffee mugs high. Salud!