The Jesuits first introduced coffee to Colombia in 1723. It spread slowly as a commercial crop to several regions of the country, but its production did not become substantial until the end of the 19th century. By 1912, coffee made up approximately fifty percent of Colombia`s total exports. Colsuaves’ Popayán coffee comes from the region called “Meseta de Popayán”(Popayán plateau) in the Colombian region of Cauca. The desirable growing conditions is due to the high altitude, volcanic origins with low pH levels and the surrounding mountains which protects the coffee against the humidity of the Pacific Ocean and the winds from the south.
Altitude: 1,700 – 2,100 m.
Harvest: March – June (main crop) and November – December (mitaca crop).
Varieties: Typica (21 %), Caturra (64 %), Castillo (15 %).
Taste profile: Colombian coffees have a wide range of flavours, from chocolaty to sweet and fruity