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Old 02-15-2019, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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Here’s a woman using a colador de cafe, but if she’s using Folgers, she must not be Colombian.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MyuqCIR6kZs&t=7s
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Old 02-15-2019, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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Most coffee growing areas are at higher elevations (1000 meters or more above sea level) in the tropical zones with abundant rainfall and stable year round temperatures.
The other thing that I'll add to this list is that coffee requires steep hilly terrain. Can't cultivate it on flatlands.


Coffee itself does not originate in South America, though.


I was in Vietnam last year and had a chance to try their local coffee and the way that they brew it. I like the way they brew it - I came back with the cheap little contraption they use for my own use in my home - but the quality of the coffee is poorer than you would find in other parts of the world. About 90% of the coffee cultivated in Vietnam is Robusta, as opposed to the Arabica which makes up the bulk of Colombia's cultivation.
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Old 02-15-2019, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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I was in Vietnam last year and had a chance to try their local coffee and the way that they brew it. I like the way they brew it - I came back with the cheap little contraption they use for my own use in my home - but the quality of the coffee is poorer than you would find in other parts of the world. About 90% of the coffee cultivated in Vietnam is Robusta, as opposed to the Arabica which makes up the bulk of Colombia's cultivation.
Maybe the poor-quality coffee beans is why the Vietnamese tradionally drink it with condensed milk.
I think Vietnam is too hot to grow good Arabica.
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Old 02-15-2019, 01:51 PM
 
Location: USA
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Try the Lindo Brand.

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Old 02-15-2019, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Try the Lindo Brand.

I looked that up and a web page about islamic fighters came up.
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Old 02-16-2019, 05:51 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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Coffee beans are one of three species, Robusta, Arabica or Excelsa, and it matters little where they are grown, but somewhat how they are selected, handled, roasted, etc.. Name brands are a blend of them. Robusta for bulk, Arabica for flavor, and Excelsa, which is not very good by itself, for character.
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Old 02-17-2019, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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Maybe the poor-quality coffee beans is why the Vietnamese tradionally drink it with condensed milk.
I think Vietnam is too hot to grow good Arabica.
They produce a lot of coffee, but I don't believe they export it outside Asia.
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Old 02-17-2019, 09:22 AM
 
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They produce a lot of coffee, but I don't believe they export it outside Asia.
Of course they do. They are the second largest producer of coffee in the world, they overtook Colombia by volume not so long ago.
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Old 02-17-2019, 09:32 AM
 
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Of course they do. They are the second largest producer of coffee in the world, they overtook Colombia by volume not so long ago.
Actually Brazil has been the largest for a long time. Vietnam is second, but I've never seen Vietnamese beans in the United States, which is why I said they must not be exporting it outside Asia. Maybe they are only exporting to their Asian neighbors, maybe the Middle East? ... The coffee in Europe is so awful, they must be exporting it there as well. Lol.
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Isn’t instant coffee more popular in Latin America?
In Mexico it is, but not in Colombia. I can't speak for other countries. When I go to visit family in the Armenia area in Colombia it's all fresh coffee. Indeed you'd have a hard time not stumbling into it, they literally dry it on the sidewalks sometimes. Mexico is a different matter - they don't grow any of their own and instant is just cheaper and easier. The culture there isn't a coffee hobby culture where you buy your grinder and your beans and all that. You just go to the supermarket where it's all instant coffee.
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I drank a lot of chocolate last time I was in El Salvador though.
You'll find that available everywhere in Colombia as well. Cacoa plants grow all over the place there. And in Mexico you go to the Puebla area there's a culinary emphasis on using chocolate-based stuff - I'm sure you've heard of mole. Cacoa also grows in Mexico.
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I'll be there in the 'eje cafetero' from mid-March so yes, any coffee info would be fantastic! - Farms, beans, blends, coffee shops, unique brands.
Geisha if you can find it. Or a Geisha blend. Best quality and best tasting coffee, hands down. The problem is finding authentic geisha. It's very expensive, it's almost all marked for export to rich countries. If you do find what's labelled geisha, chances are it might not actually be. Me, I don't have that problem. I know where to get the real stuff. And it's 100% worth it if you can.

There's two main highways leading outside Perreira towards Armenia. One of these just outside Perreira is higher up with views of surrounding hills and mountains (can see coffee plants growing on all the hills, in fact), there's a roadside cafe which is nice because they are a little more "artisan", good selection and good views. I don't know the name but if you happen to be driving there you'll see it as it's the only roadside place in the area. There's also a zillion roadside places on the highways outside Armenia and many of those I can recommend.
But, since you're from Sevilla, you ought already be knowing about these things, don't you?

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Old 02-17-2019, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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They produce a lot of coffee, but I don't believe they export it outside Asia.
A lot of it ends up in American coffee cans.
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