In our continuing search for healthy organic
coffee I was visiting Colombia.
In the heart of the Colombia coffee district, the
Cafetero, is the mountain town of Manizales.
A million people live in and around this city at
elevations of 7000 feet more or less.
Elevations in the city vary by 500 feet above
and below the average! An active
volcano, Nevada Ruiz, looms over the city a...
The high altitude, plentiful rainfall, nearly
continual cloud cover during the rainy
season, volcanic soil and moderate
te...
There are lots of Colombian coffee brands and
most are not labeled organic despite the fact
that the vast majority of grow...
When I first asked around for where I could buy
organic coffee people seemed confused.
Then they became upset. Here I was in the
premier coffee growing region of the entire
world and I was asking for something...
The story about naturally organic coffee from
Colombia continues.
Organic Coffee,
Certified or Not
Some time back we wrote about the Arabica
coffee brand.
This coffee comes from Finca Eliza west of
Medellin.
It is UTZ certified and the grower abides by
organic standards.
He simply has not bothered to deal with any of
the agencies that certify coffee on behalf of the
United States Department ...
It is often the case that small coffee growers
cannot afford the $500 a year fee to retain their
certification.
After all they produce naturally organic coffee
from Colombia and have buyers locally and
internationally without being ce...
If one drives from Manizales, down the
mountain, to the city of Pereira one sees coffee
being grown on gentle slopes and v...
One sees coffee growing in back yards, tucked
in under shade trees.
This is naturally organic coffee from Colombia
but the small growers simply do not have the
wherewithal to cough up $500 t...
Finding Organic
Coffee
Juan Valdez is a trademark of the Colombian
Coffee Growers Association.
It is also a brand name for organic coffee.
In my first attempts to find organic labeling on
coffee I found that I was irritating the good
people of Manizales by sugg...
Then I went to the movies at the new
Fundadores mall. And there it was, a Juan
Valdez coffee kiosk adjacent to the theater...
Nevertheless, I also found virtually unlimited
brands of naturally organic Colombian coffee at
the Exito supermarket in th...
That is where I first ran across the Arabica
brand, Aguila roja from Cali, sello rojo which is
my brother-in-law’s favorit...
Bringing Coffee
Home from Colombia
And, of course, there is the issue of bringing
bags of coffee out of Colombia.
Fly out of Pereira or Bogotá and they will pin
prick your coffee so that both the dog and the
mechanical sniffer can check...
Leave from Manizales with your wife’s family
all around and the checkers are less likely to
insult the local folks by bein...
For now, my supply of naturally organic
Colombian coffee is almost out so I will have to
do with Panama Mountain Grown Org...
I am looking forward to next year and our trip to
see family in the Cafetero of Colombia.
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Naturally Organic Coffee from Colombia

  1. 1. In our continuing search for healthy organic coffee I was visiting Colombia.
  2. 2. In the heart of the Colombia coffee district, the Cafetero, is the mountain town of Manizales.
  3. 3. A million people live in and around this city at elevations of 7000 feet more or less.
  4. 4. Elevations in the city vary by 500 feet above and below the average! An active volcano, Nevada Ruiz, looms over the city at a height of 15,000 feet.
  5. 5. The high altitude, plentiful rainfall, nearly continual cloud cover during the rainy season, volcanic soil and moderate temperatures make the area idea for growing coffee.
  6. 6. There are lots of Colombian coffee brands and most are not labeled organic despite the fact that the vast majority of growers abide by organic standards.
  7. 7. When I first asked around for where I could buy organic coffee people seemed confused.
  8. 8. Then they became upset. Here I was in the premier coffee growing region of the entire world and I was asking for something different than basic, good, Colombia Arabica coffee!
  9. 9. The story about naturally organic coffee from Colombia continues.
  10. 10. Organic Coffee, Certified or Not
  11. 11. Some time back we wrote about the Arabica coffee brand.
  12. 12. This coffee comes from Finca Eliza west of Medellin.
  13. 13. It is UTZ certified and the grower abides by organic standards.
  14. 14. He simply has not bothered to deal with any of the agencies that certify coffee on behalf of the United States Department of Agriculture, such as Bio Latina.
  15. 15. It is often the case that small coffee growers cannot afford the $500 a year fee to retain their certification.
  16. 16. After all they produce naturally organic coffee from Colombia and have buyers locally and internationally without being certified.
  17. 17. If one drives from Manizales, down the mountain, to the city of Pereira one sees coffee being grown on gentle slopes and virtual mountainsides.
  18. 18. One sees coffee growing in back yards, tucked in under shade trees.
  19. 19. This is naturally organic coffee from Colombia but the small growers simply do not have the wherewithal to cough up $500 to get USDA certification.
  20. 20. Finding Organic Coffee
  21. 21. Juan Valdez is a trademark of the Colombian Coffee Growers Association.
  22. 22. It is also a brand name for organic coffee.
  23. 23. In my first attempts to find organic labeling on coffee I found that I was irritating the good people of Manizales by suggesting that somehow their coffee was not as good as it is.
  24. 24. Then I went to the movies at the new Fundadores mall. And there it was, a Juan Valdez coffee kiosk adjacent to the theater boasting several varieties of naturally organic coffee from Colombia and in this case coffee labeled with the USDA seal.
  25. 25. Nevertheless, I also found virtually unlimited brands of naturally organic Colombian coffee at the Exito supermarket in the same mall.
  26. 26. That is where I first ran across the Arabica brand, Aguila roja from Cali, sello rojo which is my brother-in-law’s favorite, Café Quindia from the Corazon of Colombia and many others.
  27. 27. Bringing Coffee Home from Colombia
  28. 28. And, of course, there is the issue of bringing bags of coffee out of Colombia.
  29. 29. Fly out of Pereira or Bogotá and they will pin prick your coffee so that both the dog and the mechanical sniffer can check it out.
  30. 30. Leave from Manizales with your wife’s family all around and the checkers are less likely to insult the local folks by being overly intrusive with your luggage or that of your wife.
  31. 31. For now, my supply of naturally organic Colombian coffee is almost out so I will have to do with Panama Mountain Grown Organic coffee available here in Panama City, Panama at the El Rey supermarket, naturally organic coffee from Panama.
  32. 32. I am looking forward to next year and our trip to see family in the Cafetero of Colombia.

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