Café de Colombia Offers a Great Variety of Specialty Coffees and Cup Profiles

February, 2014


Café de Colombia Offers a Great Variety of Specialty Coffees and Cup Profiles

For its origin, bean size or sustainability, as well as cup profiles, Café de Colombia offers a rich and varied supply of specialty coffees.

For its high quality standards, Café de Colombia has deservedly won its renown as the best washed mild coffee in the world.

The quality, reputation and characteristics of the Colombian Arabica are due not only to exceptional geographical conditions, but to careful and rigorous processes of growing, harvesting, wet processing (“beneficio”), classification and control where the human factor is critical.

But aside from the common attributes of Colombian coffee, such as softness, clean cup, intense aroma, medium / high acidity and body, Café de Colombia offers a wide variety of specialty coffees, with an equally wide range of cup profiles.

By definition, in Colombia we consider a coffee is special when the consumer perceives and values a feature or attribute that differentiates it from other coffees, for which he or she is willing to pay a premium that reaches the pocket of the producer. That is, a coffee stops being a specialty coffee if the producer has not incentives to produce it.

In the broad portfolio of specialty coffees offered by Café de Colombia, there are two broad categories: Origin and Sustainable Coffees.

Origin coffees come from a specific region or farm. They are sold to the final consumer without any mixing to preserve their unique cup attributes. These coffees in turn can be regional, exotic or estate coffees.

Examples of regional coffees are coffees from Cauca, Huila, Nariño (these three with Protected Denomination of Origin) and Coffee Cultural Landscape, each with unique attributes, such as the caramel aroma of Café del Cauca, sweet and winy notes of Café del Huila and sweetness and pronounced aroma of Café de Nariño.


The exotic coffees are grown in specific microclimatic, agro-ecological and socio-cultural conditions, while the estate coffees come from farms producing more than 500 (60-kilo) bags a year and meeting the highest quality standards.

Finally, sustainable coffees meet stringent social, environmental and economic standards that ensure the future and welfare of those who produce them, with practices friendly to environment and biodiversity. Sustainable coffees can be certified with international labels (Rainforest, Fairtrade Labeling Organization (FLO), Organic, UTZ) and / or verified according also to international protocols (4C, Conservation International, Nespresso AAA, Coffee & Farmer Equity (CAFE) Practices).



From these two basic categories and their different subcategories, it is not surprising that a specialty coffee can fit into more than one category, such as a Café del Cauca with a Rainforest Alliance certification or a coffee produced on a farm with two or three simultaneous certifications.

In 2013 Café de Colombia exported 1,155,399 bags of specialty coffees, which translate into better prices for the country’s coffee producers. In line with Café de Colombia’s strategy of added value and differentiation, the portfolio of specialty coffees has much to offer to the Colombian and international markets, being the best mild washed coffee in the world. In other words, Colombia has become a very reliable provider of high-quality specialty coffees worldwide.


You are invited to learn more about our coffee family and our products, visiting the COLOMBIAN COFFEE INSIDER sections on the top of this page.