Colombian Excelso 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. It is also a great coffee bean on its own account.
Our lovely Colombian Excelso coffee beans have a crisp, clean flavour when teamed with milk, making them an ideal choice for most home espresso machine users. 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!)
These Rain Forest Alliance (RFA) approved Colombian Excelso coffee beans come from the Huila department, located in the south of Colombia. Huila has all the characteristics needed to produce an exceptional coffee: volcanic soils, high altitude farms, lots of rainfall and forests that provide shade. In Huila the farmers still use traditional farming methods to produce their world renowned high quality coffees. This particular Colombian Excelso coffee comes from a group of small plantations. Each has an average area of 2 hectares, and they are all certified by the Rain Forest Alliance organisation
Colombia is the third largest producer of coffee in the world, behind Brazil and Vietnam. Colombia exports approximately 12.5 million bags of washed Arabica coffee every year and is well-known 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 than smaller grades. These particular coffee beans are Excelso which is the second largest size. Excelso coffee beans are large (screen size 15-16), only Supremo beans are larger.
The Rainforest Alliance RFA
The Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal features a frog for a very good reason. Frogs are indicator species, meaning that they are a symbol of environmental health, and they are found on every continent except Antarctica.
The green frog certification seal indicates that a farm, forest, or tourism enterprise has been audited to meet standards that require environmental, social, and economic sustainability. Thousands of products bearing the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal are found on shelves, in advertisements, and websites around the world.
In order to become certified, farms must meet criteria of the Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Agriculture Standard. The Standard encompasses all three pillars of sustainability—social, economic, and environmental. Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms are audited regularly to verify that farmers are complying with the Standard’s comprehensive requirements, which require continual improvement on the journey to sustainable agriculture. The Standard is built on these important principles of sustainable farming: