Fair Trade Organic Colombian Green Beans-Sierra Nevada
Colombia is the second largest producer of coffee in the world and the largest producer of washed and Arabica coffee. There are 3 primary varieties grown in Colombia and the coffee is referred to by the region in which it is grown. The Colombian marketing board is called the FNC (Federacion Nacional de Cafeteros) created the terms "Supremo" and "Excelso" to help promote Colombian coffee. These terms relate only to the size of the beans and not the quality. Supremo beans are slightly larger than Excelso and Supremo has the largest bean size grading for Colombia (17/18).
These beans come from the Sierra Nevada region of Colombia. They are Grade 1 Fair Trade Organic. The coffees here tend to be heavier and rounder.
There are more than 500,000 coffee growers in Colombia, growing more than 22 million acres of coffee in the Highlands.* Because of the rich volcanic soil and shade- grown cultivation, the quality of coffee is very high. It is also hand-picked which results in higher quality beans than a mechanized picking process.
*from Knowledge@Wharton (University of Pennsylvania)