Katie and I went to the Coffee Farmer Caravan event for date night this week at East Pole Coffee Company where we got to meet and learn directly from Colombian coffee growers and exporters. It was such a fun and educational night and we wanted to hop on the microphone to share some of our takeaways with you while the learning was still fresh. Although this season of the podcast is focused on Home Coffee Roasting, learning more about what it takes to grow and process coffee with excellence definitely helps us appreciate roasting green coffee at an even greater level!
Big Takeaway: if you can get your hands on some Gesha coffee, DO IT. It's such a crazy good unique experience.
Bigger Takeaway: after hearing first-hand stories from coffee producers, Katie and I decided we need to visit a coffee farm and see it first-hand as well! More to come on that.
BIGGEST Takeaway: a HUGE level of gratitude and appreciation to all the hard work, passion and dedication from all over the world that goes in to the coffee experience that we get to enjoy every day at home and in cafes.
Hear several more of our takeaways by listening to this episode!
Did You Know...
- the country of Colombia is responsible for ~30% of the world's supply of coffee? There are approximately 540,000 coffee farms across the country which produce and export over 14 million bags of coffee per year (1 bag = 60kg)
- this may be subjective, but according to Banexport they believe 50% of the flavor of coffee is a result of the growing altitude and the variety of the coffee tree. The other 50% of the flavor comes from the processing method (washing, drying, fermenting, etc) after picking the coffee off the tree.
- there are dozens of varieties of coffee trees which all produce unique flavors in the coffee beans. The most-sought-after variety of coffee today is the Gesha tree, which was discovered first in Gesha, Ethiopia but can also be grown successfully in Panama, Tanzania, Costa Rica, Peru, and of course COLOMBIA!
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