Colombian Excelso Rainforest Alliance (RFA)
Colombian Excelso coffee beans are among our favourite here at Real Deal Roasters. We have been roasting them for many years. They are very popular both with our customers and within our family. They are a key component of two of our best coffee blends: Coastal Express and Morning Glory. However, Excelso are also great coffee beans on their own account.
These lovely Colombian Excelso coffee beans have a crisp, clean flavour when teamed with milk. As a result they are an ideal choice for home espresso machines. They offer a crisp apple acidity, syrupy body and a creamy cocoa finish. (Of course in coffee descriptions “acidity” means that dry, bright, sometimes even sparkling sensation that a really high-quality coffee has. It does not mean something that will hurt your tummy!). Look out for a sweet, caramel aroma.with notes of chocolate, sweet peas, molasses and peach.
About Colombian Coffee
Colombia is the third largest producer of coffee in the world, behind only Brazil and Vietnam. Colombia exports approximately 12.5 million bags of washed Arabica coffee every year and is famous for its high quality coffee.
In Colombia they grade their coffee beans according to bean size. In coffee bean terms bigger is generally better i.e. more visually appealing. These particular coffee beans are Excelso which is the second largest size available. Excelso coffee beans are large (screen size 15-16). Only Supremo beans are bigger.
Our Colombian Excelso coffee beans come from the Huila department, in southern Colombia. Huila has volcanic soils, high altitude farms (around 1650 masl), lots of rainfall and large forests to provide shade. As a result top quality coffee grows there. This particular Colombian Excelso coffee comes from a group of small plantations. Each has an average area of only 2 hectares. The farmers still use traditional methods to produce their world renowned coffees.. For example, they use manual hand-cranked de-pulping machines to remove the cherries from the beans. The farmers use raised beds for drying the beans. As a result this allows good air circulation around the coffee. Naturally, all the farms are certified by the Rainforest Alliance organisation.