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                                      COLOMBIAN COFFEE


    Coffee may have originated in Africa but throughout the years, other countries have found ways to make it better. For those that want class, nothing compares to the crops that are planted and harvested in Columbia.

    Colombian coffee first started in the early 1800's. It wasn’t long before it was exported to Europe and the United States. Trade between these two countries exceeds more than 11 million bags per year with Starbucks being one of its major clients.

    This changed later on as Starbucks itself decided to buy the plantations since it is much cheaper to own them rather than getting their coffee beans from an intermediate supplier.
   

    Colombian coffee beans are from the Coffee Arabic Tree. These are grown in the mountains under the shade of banana and rubber trees so they are able to get the right amount of nutrients from the sun. (The TV commercials are really true)

    Most coffee bean plantations are in the central and eastern region of the country, not far from civilization.  Nearby cities are Medellin, Armenia and the capital - Bogota.
 
    It usually takes 4 to 5 years for these to grow so farmers are able to pick the beans. The farmers who tend the fields practice the dry process in order to produce the finished product. Once they are harvested, they are soaked in cold water for 24 hours which is almost the same technique in fermenting grapes in order to make wine.

 

    Not all the beans will meet the standards set by the farmers. It is only after washing that the beans are separated so that only the best  go through the final process of being dried in the sun to lower the acidity level before being packed and delivered to the customer.

    Despite its flavor, coffee experts will argue that more people prefer the taste and aroma of Coffee coming from Brazil. Regardless of what brand people buy, the different products available at the grocery store  have a different tastes that support differing personal preferences.

    It wouldn't hurt to try a particular brand then switch to something else later on. Or better yet, try mixing the two and see how tastes. This practice is sometimes done by cafes to produce new flavors and concoctions that customers will enjoy, should they decide to return to and hang out with friends.


  Follow the advice in this website and you'll have your friends and family eagerly responding to your next call of
                   
                         
"Anyone for Coffee?"
                                                 
                                                       
 




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