Hello all,

Headed for a wedding in the states soon. The bride and groom are coffee lovers, so I'd love to take them some of Colombia's finest... but I don't really drink coffee. I would like some suggestions on what brand of coffee I should look for to take back as a gift.

thanks.

Posted on July 19, 2009


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any Colombian coffee is better then coffee in the USA. It won't matter

Posted on July 19, 2009


Where do you live? You could get some green coffee and have them roast it in their ovens so it will be fresher and that will make it superior as freshness is the most important factor. Here people grow much of their own coffee and roast it in their clay ovens.

Posted on July 19, 2009


Check out this link http://coffeetea.about.com/cs/roasting/a/coffeeroasting.htm for simple roasting information It is hard to find green coffee in the supermarkets in the US but you can find in in coffee producing areas here.

Posted on July 19, 2009


I love coffee, but i am not a coffee snob. I am drinking Juan Valdez the black one, extra strong at the moment. Nice. I have tried lots of brands from the supermarkets here, and they are all good, although I have found that cost matters. I usually buy the beans, then get someone to grind them, which makes them taste fresher than buying ready ground. if they are coffee buffs, the prolly have a grinder. I have done it in a food mixer before too.

Posted on July 19, 2009


This may sound stupid and it may just be my imagination but coffee in colombia seems stronger than coffee in the usa. I wonder if the corporate coffee giants cut or dilute it in some way before selling in the USA. Anybody else noticed this or am I just off,,, allright , maybe I am just not right..... kingfish

Posted on July 19, 2009


kingfish - I don't think it is your imagination...nor do I think the corporate giants are diluting the coffee. I think you must be following their brewing instructions...last I noticed, their proportions of coffee grinds to water were about half of what they should be. Haven't read/followed instructions for a while now...I'm lucky enough to live close to a good roaster. He brings beans in from all over the world and roasts every day. I've been able to sample coffee from all over. The roasting schedule is such that my favorite - Colombian - is roasted every morning. So, when I go buy my beans, I know they are freshly roasted (sometimes still warm) and I grind 'em right before brewing.

Posted on July 19, 2009


OP - if you're still in Cali, sorry, I can't help any more than Sonny or Bill...but if you will be in Medallo before going to the wedding, I would suggest you take one of the tours that Colcafe does at their plant. At the end of the tour they will give you a couple of pounds of their export grade coffee...stuff they don't sell in Colombia.

Posted on July 19, 2009


Sello Rojo or Aguila Roja are both good. Aguila is sold in small bags which make great gifts,& eveyone I have given it to over the years raves about it. For packing I always bring zip-loc bags with me,as they are much more expensive here in Colombia. But plastic grocery bags work nicely to pack the coffee with. My favorite coffee here is actually Quindio,but it is sold at US prices.

Posted on July 19, 2009


I am a coffeholic and to me the best ones are La Bastilla, Cafe Aguila Roja ( my favourite) Oma and sello rojo

My sister is coming to the UK to visit me and I told her to bring me lot and lots of Aguila roja, to me Aguila roja smell nice, it's smooth and taste divine!!!

Posted on July 19, 2009


Buy the beans and get them a grinder. It makes an amazing difference if it??s fresh ground. I have roasted my own and its a little fresher but unless there a coffee connoisseur they probably wouldn??t notice much difference. But grinding it fresh, everyone will notice.

Posted on July 19, 2009


For me it has to be Lukafe (intenso)...

Posted on July 19, 2009


To my taste Juán Valdez "Café de la Finca" is the best.

Posted on July 19, 2009


Any of those are good to take back as gifts. I bring costco french dark roast back from the us to drink here, because the decent roasts here are muy caro.`

Posted on July 19, 2009


what about nescafe instant mfg in colombia...it's not bad.

sonny...lemme see a 'plf'
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Posted on July 19, 2009


The best Colombian coffee is already in the U.S., Most of what is left in the domestic market is second rate.

You need to look up specialty coffee in the U.S. as the chains buy alot of second and third rate shit at low prices as a blender for sale in your local supermarket.


The freshness of the coffee can be a factor, the roast of the bean, the size of the grind and the amount of coffee used. For example, industry standard is for 50 cups to be extracted out of a pound of coffee. Alot of shops may extract 80 cups out of a pound.

Posted on July 19, 2009


I like the Colombian coffee sold here in Sweden. A little darker roast, full body, not as powdery as the coffee sold in Colombia. I also like several US brands containing 100% Colombian coffee. I never found good coffee in Colombia.

Posted on July 19, 2009


Take a look for something like Mesa de los Santos in the grocery stores. At least they have a good reputation. It is a Bucaramanga coffee.

Posted on July 19, 2009


you guys/gals don't like nescafe?

Posted on July 19, 2009


nescafe- I think it is terrible

Posted on July 19, 2009


common, bill.................................with all that coffee in colombia....that great mountain grown early morning goodness that's only maid better by fine roasting, and good quantity.....but all that work....when you can just pour yourself out one teaspoon of that overly processed, GOD knows what and voila! a cup of morning wrecking dreck?

what do you mean it's terrible?

Posted on July 19, 2009


my dearly beloved suegra--i should add--so lovingly and graciously has a cup of that I*&(*&&^%^%$# elixer waiting for me each morning when i awake. and prepared with so much love. what can i say...........i don't say anything, i smile, thank GOD, and drink.

Posted on July 19, 2009


Has anybody tried the 8oclock brand Colombian Coffee? It is usually all I drink and cheap. I read where it won in a coffee contest between different Colombian Coffees -that must tell you something about the quality. I grind mine right before it is made which I think is key to great flavor and body. I dont drink every day but put about twice the amount of beans in the grinder as you are supposed to and it is strong!!

Posted on July 19, 2009


freaky....i tried it some time back based on the information from those tests/comparisons as shown on tv. it wasn't bad. i still many months later, have half a bag in the cabinet. i won't write home to mom about it, but it was clearly better than maxwell house, folgers, etc. in general, i find coffees and personal taste, like cigarettes. there's countless to choose from and nobody knows why one person champions one, while other's talk the same brand down and vote for something else. and it's not always a matter of price.

some of the latest news about coffee, apparently, starbucks has opened a series of 'secret community coffeehouses' without divulging they were starbuck's owned. at first they were enjoyed and folks liked their unknown quaintness...all were different....when it became known, the public opinion immediately shifted and turned against them feeling that starbucks was running a scam. my son shared that with me. i hadn't read it in the news.
d

Posted on July 19, 2009


I hear you Douglass, a couple of my friends thought it was ok. They are real coffee snobs lol. One thing I liked about that test was they put up Colombian coffee against other Colombian coffees which showed they were on to something. I like Jamacian Blue Mountain but at that price you are better off smoking the Jamacian GREEN Mountain. That reminds me of what my friends call the hippie speed ball -drinking strong coffee and sharing a bowl of weedies. What a way to start the day!!

Posted on July 19, 2009


I know people living in Colombia may think Juan Valdez is too commercial, but for people who know nothing about the brand - and love coffee - I think they have tons of great gifts. First of all find out if they have a coffee grinder, if not that would be a great wedding present. Then buy an assortment of coffees. Juan Valdez has like a list and you can buy according to people's specific tastes. So if you dont know their tastes, get an assortment. They also have nice coffe cup sets or even espresso cup sets which I think are really cute.

Practically everytime I go home I bring people stuff from Juan Valdez. Maybe they are starting to get tired of it. Who knows!

Posted on July 19, 2009


The new no name Starbucks experiment was to test the concept of licensing their cafes.

8 O'Clock was well rated for a grocery store coffee. The Colombians are the best marketed and consistent above average coffees produced from year to year. They have entrepreneurial farmers who are have broken away from the system in order to produce higher end specialty coffees which obviously take much more work but bring higher rewards. All of this class of coffee is sold internationally as per the coffee competitions held in Peirera last March.

One of those is Mesa de los Santos, which also sells domestically in the grocery stores.

Posted on July 19, 2009


We were told by an official with The National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia that the best Colombian coffee is sent out of the country.

Posted on July 19, 2009


Alright, thanks everyone. Maybe I can buy them some Colombian coffee, watch them drink it and rave about it, then throw it in their faces that the best coffee is already in the USA, and that they fell for my clever trick. But that wouldn't be a very good wedding present I guess.

Posted on July 19, 2009


go to oviedo to the store with artisanias on the south side, and buy them one of those cool ceramic chivas. a bag of good colombian beans in a small bulto (gunny sack)....make em happy as a lark.

the chiva might be cheaper in parke envigado north east corner...the whole corner sells arts and crafts/t shirts. check it out.
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Posted on July 19, 2009


As far as I know, coffee is rated 1 to 17 in ascending order of quality the rating being know as the "malla". I am a partner in a couple of small coffee docks in Bogotá and we use coffee with a malla of 15. I think that Oma and Juan Valdez use malla 12 or 13. I'm also told that the best stuff is indeed exported but we are doing out bit to let Colombians drink a tinto of the good stuff!!

Posted on July 19, 2009