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Colombian coffee, San Agustin, single origin coffee - | Written by Janice Spencer

Colombian San Agustin Coffee - Big Flavour from a Small Town

Mountains in ColombiaColombian San Agustin Coffee is a fabulous single origin coffee that is mild in strength, but full of flavour. It is sourced from coffee plantations located in the majestic Andean Mountains, where coffee plants grow in rich, volcanic soil, and flourish in the cool shade of tropical trees. Colombian coffee beans are renowned for being some of the best you can buy for their quality and flavour, and Colombian San Agustin Coffee is a fine example of this, yielding a wonderful smooth caramel sweetness, with citrusy notes, a nutty aftertaste, and delicate floral aroma.

Coffee is believed to have been introduced to Colombia by Jesuit priests around 1723, and by the 19th century was being produced for export. The popularity of Colombian coffee over the years is partly attributable to successful marketing strategies adopted by La Federación Nacional de Cafeteros (FNC), an organisation set up in 1927 to promote coffee production in Colombia. In 1958, the fictional coffee farmer, Juan Valdez, was invented by the FNC to be used in advertising campaigns, and the image of him and his mule, Conchita, became an iconic representation of Colombian coffee. Today, Colombia is ranked as the third top producer of coffee in the world.

The small town of San Agustin lies in the southern Colombian Department of Huila, close to the Magdalena River. The area is blessed with beautiful landscapes and lush vegetation, and is a popular destination for tourists. One of the main attractions is the San Agustin Archaeological Park, where a large selection of the many pre-Colombian megalithic sculptures found in the region can be seen. Believed to date back to the 1st century, this mysterious assortment of carvings, created from volcanic rock, depict mythical creatures, deities, animals and human faces. The area is a named UNESCO World Heritage Site. Most of the coffee grown in the San Agustin region is cultivated on small, often family-run, farms, and much dedication goes into achieving the perfect end result.

Colombian San Agustin Coffee is suitable for cafetière and filter machines. It is just one of over 100 wonderful coffees from around the world that Coffee-Direct can deliver directly to your door. We roast to order, so your coffee will always arrive in the freshest condition possible, and offer a range of grind options as well as whole beans.