Colombia Coffee History
Colombia is the third largest coffee producer behind Brazil and Vietnam, and produces the largest amount of Arabica beans in the world. Average annual production is over 11.5 million bags. Early records show that coffee had reached Colombia by the late 1700’s. By the second half of the 19th century, it was being exported to the United States and Europe. When international coffee prices dropped, many large farms were forced to stop production, and coffee production in Colombia stalled. As a result, many smaller farms were able to introduce coffee plants and small growers became the dominant force behind the country’s coffee production.
Santa Barbara Estate
Don Pedro Echavarria established the Santa Barbara Estate almost three decades ago with the vision of producing a superior quality Colombian Coffee. This vision is proudly shared by all in the Santa Barbara Estate family. This Estate is one of the few completely integrated coffee farms in Colombia, which ensures traceability and close quality control from seed to cup. A combination of factors such as climate, altitude, constant care, renovation of trees, and good volcanic soil provide the basis for excellent coffee production. Education and incentive programs encourage the workers to focus on quality rather than quantity. The highly technological wet and dry mill processing, coupled with attention to detail and daily cupping, enables the Santa Barbara Estate to deliver an exceptional high-quality Colombian coffee.