Sunday, November 23, 2008

Colombian Coffee

Coffee species from this region:

Supremo, Excelso, and Bogata among a few others.
These are
the ones seen most in this country.

Colombia is the second largest

coffee producer after Brazil.

Most Colombian coffee is grown in the
high altitudes in the foothills of the Andes.

Comprised of hundreds of thousands

of family farms, organized as co-operatives.

The washing process after the harvest

produces better beans.

Colombian coffee is clean,
a neutral aribica
and great for blending.
Moderate acidity,
and has a caramel like sweetness.

This week we purchased a higher grade
Supremo and wednesday we
are picking up some aged,
over 5
yrs I understand, Mocha Java from a local roaster.

You wake up in the morning,
and your purse is magically filled
with twenty-four hours of unmanufactured
tissue of the universe of your life! It is yours.
It is the most precious of possessions.
No one can take it from you.
And no one receives either more
or less than you receive.

Dr. Thomas Arnold Bennett


tony said...

Do you have many independent Coffee Importers in The States?........although we have plenty of choice here in the UK...the choice is the same where ever (if you get my drift?).
Plus! Do you have any preferences regarding brewing ? I mean, i have a bog-standard cafetiere.but i keep eyeing-up those electric Italian chrome affairs (for Christmas).........Is it really worth the investment do you think?Does The Coffee Taste Better with them?

Coffee Messiah said...

Hey Tony: Although we have an espresso machine, during this time of year especially (winter/snowy cold) we use a French Press and have Burr Grinder, as we purchase our beans whole. The flavor is better and you have more control to be sure. And, a good French Press is relatively cheap, where as a good Burr Grinder may cost a few dollars more than the press.

Each roaster purchases from a a different importer I understand and most of the time purchase in advance especially while the price is fixed and may be lower.

Where we are, there's slim pickens, so we purchase online mostly. Since this roaster has fine tuned his roasting, we purchase here and save the shipping cost.

Michael Bains said...

I've really got to get that ol' press out and use it again. I keep my regular brewer fairly clean, though, so it generally makes a fine cuppa. 'Specially since I use a half-Pete's mix w/ run-o-the-mill decaf.

I know; I ain't much of a purist for anything. If I ever own a dog, it'll be a mutt for sure! :)

tony said...

Burr grinder:
French Press:
Buy whole beans online:
get a dog......
.........Busy Week!:)

Megan said...

That last part made my day better, Coffee, so many thanks!

Lately I have been addicted to a Hawaiian blend that is quite good. French Press is on my Christmas list!

Merle Sneed said...

I loved the thought. I never stop to think about the value of a day.

As for coffee, I love a ggod cup. I may try the online thing.

Squirrel said...

What Merle said! Each day is a gift...

Joanne said...

Great thoughts from Dr. Bennett. We start each day rich.

Crazy Ass Beastard said...

In regards to quote about time ... I guess it really is the great equalizer, isn't it?

Coffee Messiah said...

mb: That you're using Peets is a good thing......maybe mixing with the other is good too, I just never tried.

And we're all mutts, aren't we???

tony: Try before you buy....most coffee shops will make you a cup with the press. And if it's done right, you will enjoy the flavor of the coffee.

megan: Sounds delicious. ; )

merle: If you have an independent store (and I understand you do) you should try local first.

squirrel: Yes indeed.

joanne: Too bad it gets lost in day to day struggles.

simstone: That's the great thing about being creative, there is no concept of time. Maybe that's why early folks were able to do so much with so little, compared to today.

Unknown said...

It's been a long time since I've been able to drink coffee but the smell of freshly ground coffee, coffee percolating is still, mmm-mmm... Used to love Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

I am so sad to hear absolute vanilla can not partake in the wonders of a good cup of to refill my morning's mug and then back to work!

Coffee Messiah said...

vanilla: There's always something for everyone. I tend to enjoy good balsamic vinegar, olive oil, real bread......tea, real tea with real flavor, etc, etc. Thanks for chiming in ; )

kimy: Heigh ho ; )

lettuce said...

thats a wonderful quote

Coffee Messiah said...

lettuce: One of the best.....I should have saved it longer. ; )