By Ffion Davies
When you think about the world's coffee-growing regions, Colombia is likely to be one of the first countries to spring to mind. The impressive volume of its yearly production (11 million sacks) places it third globally, closely following Vietnam and Brazil. The reason for this is arguably the country's extensive and varying topography. Colombia's two mountain ranges that run from top to bottom of the country give it lots of microclimates, which make its coffee production unique because it has no definable harvest season. This is an origin that harvests coffee for 365 days a year.
In terms of specialty coffee, there are five regions that produce a crop of a high enough quality; Huila, Cauca, Tolia, Narinio and Antioquia. Each of these regions has its own individual flavour profile because of the country's rich and diverse landscape. Colombia's coffee production is dominated by remote smallholder farms that are bound together into cooperatives in order to share processing facilities. The vastness and multifaceted nature of the country means that the potential for high quality coffee in the country is unfathomably large. Acevedo is no exception to this rule.
Acevedo is a farm owned by Omar Cardenas Benavides and his family in La Primavera, Huila. Grown at 1500 meters above sea level, Benavides prides himself on the natural sweetness of his crop. He has worked in the coffee industry for his entire life, and fondly remembers helping his parents to pick coffee cherries when he was very young. He is currently in his 40s, and lives with his wife and four children who are all between 16 and 25 years old.
The success of Acevedo's crop is testament to the hard work of the family; starting out with 2,500 trees on a 12 hectare farm, and increasing the production to currently having 55,000 trees. This is made up of a mixture of Colombia and Caturra varietals, which are both considered to be of a very high quality. With Acevedo's growth and development, Benavides and his family demonstrate a genuine passion for the specialty industry. They are always looking for ways to drive up quality, investing in a Brix Meter, which is used to measure the sugar content of the crop. Placing such a big emphasis on quality control and focusing on complex sugars and flavours are perhaps what give Acevedo a very desirable honey, lemon and cranberry cup profile.
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