Passion for the world of coffee
Café Andes is a coffee house that serves the best products using quality ingredients and recipes. Coffee is imported from one of the best farms in the Colombian coffee zone. The mission is to bring the excellent taste that characterizes this unique blend, as a specialty coffee, to coffee lovers. The passion of having a little piece of Colombian and Venezuelan culture drives the company's motivation in order to give our customers the best possible service and products
"People feel awakened when drinking our coffee in the mornings; ready to start off their day"
Introducing Specialty Coffee History
Specialty coffee" was first used in 1974 by Erna Knutsen in an issue of Tea & Coffee Trade Journal. Knutsen used this term to describe beans of the best flavor which are produced in special microclimates.
Specialty coffee should not be confused with "gourmet" or "premium" coffee. The latter are marketing terms with no defined standards. According to the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), coffee which scores 80 points or above on a 100-point scale is graded "specialty." Specialty coffees are grown in special and ideal climates, and are distinctive because of their full cup taste and little to no defects. The unique flavors and tastes are a result of the special characteristics and composition of the soils in which they are produced.
The specialty segment is the most rapidly growing portion of the coffee industry. In the U.S., specialty coffee has increased its market share from 1% to 20% in the last 25 years.
To promote and self-regulate the industry, growers, exporters, roasters, retailers and equipment suppliers have established trade associations. These associations exist in both coffee-consuming and producing countries.
Countries known for producing specialty coffee are Colombia, Ethiopia, Brazil, Indonesia and Vietnam . Arabica and Robusta are the most popular coffee types in the coffee producing countries though there are 75 species of coffee around the world.
Roasted Coffee Beans
High quality coffees are next transferred to the COFFEE ROASTER who may be certified by the SCAA as having completed numerous hours of coursework and hands- on training to skillfully roast the specialty bean. Coffee roasting is an art that requires a high degree of knowledge and experience to produce specialty level roast profiles. Coffee must be closely monitored during the roasting process and scientific principles of heat transfer, thermodynamics and coffee chemistry must be applied to ensure the highest standard of quality and flavour come through in the final roasted bean.
Coffee Production in Colombia
Coffee production in Colombia has a reputation as producing mild, well balanced coffee beans. Colombia's average annual coffee production of 11.5 million bags is the third total highest in the world, after Brazil and Vietnam; though highest in terms of the arabica bean. The beans are exported to United States, Germany, France, Japan, and Italy. Most coffee is grown in the Colombian coffee growing axis region. In 2007, the European Union granted Colombian coffee a protected designation of origin status. In 2011 UNESCO declared the “Coffee Cultural Landscape” of Colombia, a World Heritage site.