8 Best Colombian Coffee Brands
The Reputation of Colombian Coffee Beans
Colombia is one of the top coffee producing countries in the world. Sitting comfortably within The Coffee Belt, Colombia benefits from an ideal climate and growing conditions all year. Colombian coffee has a signature taste profile that most people are familiar with.
The flavor profile and associated character of Colombian coffee are actually what most people associate with coffee in general. That's how common it is! Most any coffee drinker will enjoy a cup of Colombian coffee, and inexperienced individuals will find the flavor of Colombian coffee beans to be quite accessible.
If everyone is familiar with the taste, what more can the Colombian coffee possibly have to offer?
Glad you asked. The fact of the matter is that Colombia produces a massive amount of coffee, and among that exists significant variation. The best Colombian coffee brands provide some of the best tasting coffee in the world.
You’ve probably tasted Colombian coffee, but have you tasted the best Colombian coffee? Because the options are endless, we’ve compiled a list of our 8 best Colombian coffee brands to help you weigh your options and find something new to try!
Enough chit-chat, let's see some Colombian coffee beans!
Supremo Andeano Estate
Still overwhelmed by options? You can't go wrong with any of these 8 Colombian beans, but if you're really stuck, give Bucaramanga Coffee a try!
Colombian Coffee Vs. Columbian Coffee
The differences between Colombian coffee and Columbian coffee are actually quite pronounced, which comes as a surprise to most people...
Just kidding, there is no difference!
Colombia is frequently spelled “Columbia” in error, so frequently that many Colombian coffee brands actually use this 'alternate' spelling.
If you ever find yourself in Colombia, or in the company of Colombians, make sure to spell it correctly!
Colombian Coffee Taste Profile
While there is great variety in the flavor profiles of Colombian coffee beans, each can be traced back to the signature Colombian coffee taste. You can expect your Colombian coffee to have at least a few of the following characteristics;
Each of the Colombian coffees in our list start with something like this, and then put their own distinguished spin on this expected profile.
Colombia is not an enormous country, so how is it that they are able to produce so much coffee?
There is a method to the madness, and it starts with The Coffee Belt.
The Coffee Belt
But seriously, The Coffee Belt essentially just refers to a range of latitude (North/South coordinates) that center around the equator. Areas that fall within this range often have an ideal climate for growing coffee throughout the whole year.
As you can see by in our incredibly detailed coffee bean belt map, Colombia sits pretty much in the middle of The Coffee Belt.
The Coffee Triangle / Axis
The Colombian Coffee Axis, also known as the Colombian Coffee Triangle, refers to a specific triangular region in Colombia. This Colombian coffee triangle is responsible for the majority of the coffee production in Colombia, and includes the Caldas, Quindío and Risaralda departments.
These departments are located in prime Colombian terrain, within the Andean region. The high elevation, mountainous landscapes of the Andes, paired with the optimal climate of The Coffee Belt, lead to Colombia’s world renowned luxury coffee.
There are also a number of geographically distinct coffee growing regions outside of the coffee triangle that only add to the variety that Colombia has to offer. We did our best to include the best Colombian coffee beans from both from inside and outside of the coffee triangle.
Colombian Supremo Coffee Beans
No discussion of Colombian coffee beans is complete without mention to the term Supremo. You’ve probably seen it attached to a number of Colombian coffee brands.
So what is Supremo coffee? Glad you asked.
Supremo refers to the highest of coffee grades in the Colombian coffee grading system.
Coffee is sorted using sieves of varying size perforations, and supremo coffee beans are the largest of the bunch. Coffee bean size is widely thought to be correlated with flavor.
We’ll let you test out a supremo bean or two and judge that yourself!
The Best Colombian Coffee Beans
Okay, that’s enough learning for one day, let’s get to the good stuff. Here are our 8 best Colombian coffee beans. Hopefully you find something new to try!
1. Bucaramanga Coffee
Roasted By: Blackwelder Coffee
Taste: Rich, notes of nuts, vanilla & chocolate
First off, we have Bucaramanga coffee, a fine representation of the Santander department of Colombia. This coffee is smooth and rich, with notes of chocolate, vanilla and nuts. The acidity is more mild than a typical Colombian coffee, and the aftertaste is equally smooth. As is common with Colombian coffee, these beans are sorted to include only the largest, supremo beans. It is thought that larger coffee beans are associated with more flavor, and this coffee is certainly an argument in favor of the supremacy of supremo beans. As far as we’re concerned, whether you’re a fan of Colombian coffee or not, this is a must try!
2. Supremo Dark Roast Coffee
Roasted By: Fresh Roasted Coffee
Taste: Complex, notes of earth & cherry
Our next selection deviates from the expected Colombian coffee taste profile to include some earthy character. This dark roast coffee is full-bodied and has a thick mouth feel to it. Notes of cherry and earth are nicely accentuated by the darker roast. A mild acidity and honey-toned sweetness are balanced to form a complex cup. There is a lot going on in this one, you’ll likely want a second cup to fully appreciate it. If you tend to prefer a darker roast, this will likely be right up your alley!
3. Nariño Coffee
Roasted By: Cubico Coffee
Taste: Complex, notes of lemon, lime & nuts
This next coffee comes from the Nariño department of Colombia, and offers a distinguished flavor profile. These coffee beans are grown in a region that is full of volcanoes and canyons, and they benefit from the high altitudes and rich volcanic soils. An intense and citric aroma is matched by notes of lemon and lime. A corresponding citric acidity is nicely balanced in this complex cup. The aspect that really sets this one apart is the delightful maple-toned sweetness. If you have a sweet tooth, you need to try Nariño Coffee, trust us.
4. Supremo Dog Coffee
Roasted By: iHeartDogs
Taste: Rich, notes of berries, caramel & chocolate
Calling all dog lovers. Well, coffee and dog lovers. With every purchase of a 1lb (16oz) bag of coffee, iHeartDogs is able to provide 25 meals to dogs living in shelters. On top of that, this is a seriously tasty cup of coffee. The signature sweet aroma of Colombian coffee gives way to a rich flavor with notes of chocolate, caramel and berries. A fruity acidity does not overwhelm, but sits in the background to compliment the overall profile. Again, only the larger supremo beans are used here. This coffee is a great gift for yourself… or others. Great coffee, great cause!
5. Supremo Coffee
Roasted By: Don Franscisco's Coffee
Taste: Rich, notes of fruit & wine
Don Fransisco’s Coffee is a family run business that has been around since 1870. I think it goes without saying, that to survive in a market as competitive as that of coffee for 150 years, you have to be good. This Supremo one starts with a sweet, floral scent, and is followed by a rich taste of fruit and wine. A pleasant citric acidity fades away for a nice smooth finish. If you want to a try a great signature Colombian Supremo coffee, this one has truly stood the test of time.
6. Supremo Andeano Estate Coffee
Roasted By: Volcanica Coffee
Taste: Balanced, notes of fruit, nuts & dark chocolate
Our next entry comes from an estate within the Andes mountain range, which provide optimal, high altitude growing conditions. Volcanica is one of our favorite coffee roasters, and this is a great example why. This Supremo Andeano Estate coffee sports a smooth and light body, and balances notes of fruit, nut and dark chocolate perfectly. Only the biggest and best supremo beans are good enough to be used here. This is an absolute must try for any coffee lover.
7. Huíla Coffee
Roasted By: Koffee Kult
Taste: Rich, notes of cherry, caramel & chocolate
This coffee showcases the offerings of the Huíla department of Colombia. This coffee has an irresistible, chocolate aroma that will fill your home. A rich taste with notes of cherry and chocolate combines with a nice caramel-toned sweetness. The acidity in this one is lower than that of your average Colombian coffee, which finishes clean and sweet. This is a fantastic example of the high quality coffee that comes out of Southern Colombia. Very much worth a try!
8. Santander Coffee
Roasted By: Java Planet
Taste: Balanced, notes of nut & cherry
Rounding off the list is a low acid, organic, all natural coffee from Java Planet. Sustainability is at the forefront of this fine roaster, and thus, these beans are grown in an environment that is 100% free of chemicals, pesticides and GMOs. This coffee is smooth and balanced, with notes of nut and cherry. This is a great option for anyone that wants that signature Colombian taste, but would prefer something a little easier on the stomach!
And that’s that, thanks for sticking around until the end. Let us know which Colombian coffees you prefer, and if you have any suggestions for us to try! We’re always happy to indulge in a new coffee, especially a Colombian one.
Psst, hey! Just between you and me, here’s one more Colombian coffee!
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