QUESTION: What are the best brands of Columbian coffee? Everyone says Columbian coffee is supposed to be really delicious and not so bitter, but I don’t know how to buy it. – Teresa F
ANSWER: The country of Columbia is one of the world’s largest producers of coffee, and is especially well known for its high end Arabica coffee roasts. It’s hard to think about the country of Columbia without picturing coffee in some way, as the country is the third largest producer of coffee in the world, and is responsible for some of the most prized coffee beans on the market today.
But what leading manufacturers create coffee that is truly excellent coffee and a good representation of why people hold Columbian coffee to such a high regard? We put together a list of some of the best brands of Columbian coffee, and their standout roasts, so that you could sample some of the best Columbian coffee available on the market, without a single miss, or lackluster cup along the way. The following roasts are great examples of why the country of Colombia and great coffee are pretty much synonymous.
Bucaramanga Supremo: From the region of Santander comes this Supremo, the most premium grade of Colombian coffee. Bucaramanga Supremo is made up of Arabica coffee, specifically 90 percent from the typica variety and 10 percent from the caturra variety. The beans are roasted to medium to bring out the fruity notes of raisin and apricot and the sweet notes of caramel, vanilla, and brown sugar. This coffee comes from the small land holders of Bucaramanga, who wash the beans before drying them in the sun. The result is a well balanced brew that has a caramel-heavy middle body with a finish that lasts.
Coffee Bean Direct – Columbian Supremo: Coffee Bean Direct produces a great Columbian Supremo roast that has medium acidity, a balanced body, and a silky smooth taste that is remarkably smooth, but multifaceted, with a flavor that changes from the first drink to the last. This light Columbian roast has citrusy, chocolatey, and sweet notes at first sip, but nuttier and maltier finishing notes. Other notes include milk chocolate, brown sugar, and lemon.
Don Pablo Colombian Supremo – Medium Roast: Don Pablo’s Medium Roast is a mild blend of sweetness and richness, with a full body, and a complex flavor that gets different notes from different palettes. While some drinkers taste a more citrusty note, others taste something fruitier, with a chocolatey aftertaste with hints of almond or walnut. It is a very smooth coffee with low acidity despite its fruity flavor.
Eight O’Clock Coffee – 100% Colombian Peaks: Eight O’Clock Coffee’s Columbian roast is an award-winning medium roast that is cultivated in the high altitudes and volcanic-rich soils that make Columbian coffee so remarkable. Eight O’Clock coffee boasts that their Columbian roast has winey notes, an aroma that is both rich and elegant, and a full-bodied finish. The coffee is 100% sourced from Columbia and roasted in Maryland.
Fresh Roasted Coffee LLC – Sierra Nevada and Columbian Supremo: Both the Sierra Nevada and Columbian Supremo roasts from US based coffee company Fresh Roasted Coffee LLC, are both single-origin coffees that use 100% Columbian coffee beans. They are an environmentally friendly company that works hard to supply the freshest, highest-quality coffee beans from all around the world.
Juan Valdez Coffee: The Juan Valdez brand offers Colombian coffees from the regions of Antioquia, Cauca, Huila, Narino, Santander, Sierra Nevada, and Tolima. Their selection also features sustainably-sourced beans in your choice of Cafe del Bosque,Finca, and Organic varieties and premium Colombian coffees such as Colina, Cumbre (in original or decaf), Macizo, and Volcan. The Juan Valdez brand is owned by the coffee bean growers themselves and is responsible for accepting a mission from the Colombian Coffee Bean Growers Federation in 2002 to open businesses globally to introduce the world’s coffee drinkers to Colombian coffee.
Koffee Kult Huila: Beans from the Huila region of Colombia are known for the full body and rich, smooth taste of the resulting brew. Koffee Kult’s Huila is known for its intense, chocolatey aroma both when the beans are whole and after they have been ground. This bold-flavored coffee is low on bitterness for drinkers sensitive to bitter-tasting blends and has a fresh, clean taste with medium acidity.
Narino: From the volcanic region of Colombia that shares a border with Ecuador, Narino coffee is produced at elevations between 1,500 and 2,100 meters. The Galeras volcano is responsible for the fertile soil where Narino coffee is grown. This variety brews into a nutty-tasting cup with a smooth finish. It is an Excelso grade coffee made with washed processing that has a round acidity and flavors including cane sugar, chocolate, cherry, grape, and plum.
Santander Organic: These beans are from the La Pradera Estate, nourished by soil that benefits from the unique biodiversity found in the Santander region of Colombia. Coffee brewed from these beans has a medium body with balanced, herbal flavor and medium to high amounts of bitterness. Between the bold, bitter-forward taste and the low acidity, Santander Organic is a very different experience from the stereotypically bright flavor of most traditional Colombian coffees. The full-fledged aroma features cherry and nutty notes, which are followed by the balanced, caramel-sweet taste of the coffee itself.
Single Origin Columbian – “Euro-Italian” Organic Supremo: Single Origin Columbian’s Euro-Italian Organic Supremo roast is a French-Italian roast blend that delivers an outstanding dark roast coffee that has a robust and smoky sweetness, a smooth, but balanced finish, and flavor notes for days, including fruity notes like blueberry and cherry, as well as sweet notes, like chocolate, and caramel. This handcrafted, certified organic coffee is made from 100% Arabica coffee beans with medium acidity and a balanced body.
Supremo Dog: The larger size of the Supremo beans used in Supremo Dog (at screen size 18 or 19) create a lighter-tasting Colombian coffee with notes of berries, caramel, and chocolate that doesn’t skimp on full flavor or a lasting finish. A lighter roast is traditional in Colombian coffee bean preparation. Plus, purchases of Supremo Dog go toward feeding homeless dogs in the care of animal shelters. Beans for Supremo Dog are grown in the Caldas region of Colombia, which is part of the Colombian coffee triangle, where the growing conditions at the high altitude help growers cultivate the ideal Colombian coffee beans.
Volcanica Columbian Supremo (Andeano Estate): For coffee drinkers new to Colombian coffee, Supremo Andeano Estate is a good introduction, with a light, smooth body with notes of fruit and dark chocolate with a slightly chocolatey aftertaste. The sweet taste of this medium-roast coffee is balanced out with just the right amount of fruity, moderately sweet acidity. You’ll love waking up to its strong aroma. Grown at high altitudes in the Columbian Andes mountains.
Volcanica Columbian Peaberry (Andeano Estate): Only the top 5% of an entire crop of coffee beans get to be classified as peaberry beans, so you are getting the best possible Columbian beans. Volcanica doesn’t roast them until you order them, to assure the freshest product arrives at your doorstep. Grown at elevations over 5,000 feet, these beans pack a flavor that includes malty, nutty, chocolatey, and fruity notes, with a woody chocolate finish. Volcanica products are all Fair Trade certified, Organically grown, and grown in accordance with the practices of the Rainforest Alliance.
Whichever of these options you decide to try first, there’s a reason that people so often think of Colombian coffee when they picture their perfect cup. Lots of coffee drinkers have already found out why Colombian coffee is so unique and special. After tasting a couple of these Colombian coffee brands, you’re sure to discover what you love about Colombian coffee as well.