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Exploring Unique Coffee Growing Regions: From Ethiopia to Colombia in Specialty Coffee

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Lost Sheep Marketing Manager

Thursday, 12th October 20234 min read

Specialty coffee is a global delight, with diverse flavours and unique characteristics influenced by the regions where the beans are grown. From the birthplace of coffee in Ethiopia to the lush plantations of Colombia, each coffee growing region offers a distinct taste profile. In this blog post, we embark on a journey to explore some of the most remarkable coffee origins, delving into their rich history, flavour profiles, and the contribution they make to the world of specialty coffee. 

Ethiopia holds a special place in the coffee world as the birthplace of coffee cultivation. With a rich cultural heritage and a range of unique coffee varieties, Ethiopian coffees are known for their diverse flavour profiles. From the bright and fruity notes of Yirgacheffe to the bold and wine-like flavours of Sidamo, Ethiopian specialty coffees offer a captivating taste experience that showcases the country's deep connection with coffee. Try our Ethiopia Gelenabaya for a truly unique coffee.  

Colombia is renowned for producing high-quality specialty coffee with exceptional consistency. Blessed with ideal growing conditions, such as high altitudes and volcanic soil, Colombian coffees are celebrated for their well-balanced flavours, medium body, and pleasant acidity. The country's distinct regions, including Antioquia, Huila, and Nariño, each contribute their own unique characteristics to the cup, ranging from fruity and floral to caramel and chocolate notes. Colombian coffee makes up part of our Get to the Hopper blend, contributing the chocolate, sweet notes in our epic shop blend!  

Costa Rica is synonymous with exceptional Arabica coffee production. The country's commitment to sustainable farming practices and quality control has earned it a stellar reputation in the specialty coffee industry. Costa Rican coffees are known for their bright acidity, medium body, and nuanced flavours. From the vibrant citrus and berry notes of Tarrazú to the honeyed sweetness of Heredia, Costa Rican coffees offer a delightful sensory experience. 

Nestled among volcanoes, Guatemala's fertile land yields coffees with exceptional complexity and depth. The country's diverse microclimates, including the regions of Antigua, Huehuetenango, and Cobán, contribute to the wide range of flavours found in Guatemalan specialty coffees. Expect flavours like chocolate, caramel, tropical fruits, and floral undertones, all enveloped in a velvety body that showcases the unique terroir of this Central American gem. Try our recently released Guatemala Las Brisas today!  

Kenyan coffees are known for their vibrant and intense flavours that capture the essence of East African coffee. Grown at high elevations and processed using the renowned washed method, Kenyan coffees exhibit a bright acidity, distinctively bold flavours, and a full-bodied mouthfeel. Look for tasting notes of blackcurrant, grapefruit, floral tones, and a hint of wine-like acidity that make Kenyan coffees truly exceptional. Our Kenyan Ainabtany AA showcases delicious floral, fruity tones of Kenyan coffee.  

As the world's largest coffee producer, Brazil plays a vital role in the specialty coffee industry. The country's diverse growing regions, including Minas Gerais and São Paulo, produce a wide range of coffees, from the nutty and chocolatey to the fruity and floral. Brazilian specialty coffees are often characterised by a smooth, medium body, low acidity, and a sweet, caramel-like flavour profile. We have a wide variety of coffee from Brazil, our new Club Tropicana is from Brazil, and so is The Filter One. Brazilian coffee is also a big contributor to our Get to the Hopper Blend.  

Exploring the unique coffee growing regions is a delightful journey through the world of specialty coffee. From the ancient coffee forests of Ethiopia to the breathtaking plantations of Colombia, each region offers a distinct flavour profile that reflects the terroir, farming practices, and cultural heritage. By appreciating the diversity of coffee origins, we can better understand and savour the complexities and nuances present in our favourite cup of specialty coffee. So, embark on your own coffee adventure, and let the flavours of these unique coffee-growing regions transport you to the heart of the global coffee community. 


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