Antioquia is a large department in the northwestern part of Colombia and is known for having many complex microclimates due to its location in the Andes, stretching all the way up to the Caribbean Sea. Our coffee is an Excelso, meaning it has a screen size of 15 to 16. And an EP, meaning European Prep, removes most of the silverskin from the seed, leaving a cleaner appearance.
This Antioquia lot is developed with coffees from the municipalities of Montebello, El Penol, Betulia, Palmitas, Santa Fe de Antioquia, and Medellin. The Colombian coffee industry is almost entirely smallholder farms of two hectares or less and is therefore most often created by regional conglomerations of farmers, creating the consistent and repeatable coffees we have come to expect from this area. Because of this, and their location on the Equator, Antioquia coffee is harvested nearly year-round.
The coffee is grown between 1,200 and 1,900 meters above sea level in volcanic soil. They grow a mix of castillo and caturra varieties, and the coffee is fully washed and dried either on patios or on raised beds, depending on the topography and other conditions.
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