Colombia - Maria Potosi Limited Reserve Organic Coffee (Available Whole Bean Only)
In the Cup: Balanced with floral aromatics and notes of honey and panela
Maria Potosi would like to tell you the story behind this very special offering:
“I am a woman of peasant origin dedicated to work in the field for more than 40 years and 35 producing coffee. I have been a member of the cooperative since the year 2000 and a member of the Flo-Organic group known as Association of Women Coffee Growers of Cauca (AMUCC) since 2014.
I am an enterprising woman and, with my family, have managed to survive with the cultivation of coffee; I consider that to be a part of the cooperative’s specialty coffee program that has brought us great benefits and personally allowed me to have a continuous involvement through training, putting into practice the technical recommendations on good agricultural practices and standards of clean production, discipline, and order that I must follow to hold the organic and fair-trade certification.
Being a producer of organic coffee is to have social and environmental awareness to contribute to the health of my family and consumers of my product.
In the late ’90s, my family was victim of forced displacement by members of groups outside the law, as guerrillas and paramilitaries in the area forced one of my children to leave the region.
I am part of the cooperative of coffee growers in Cauca, which has allowed me to sustain my business, which is based on my family labor during the harvest season and gives job opportunities to other neighboring people to work.”
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It’s said that coffee was discovered by goats of an Ethiopian goatherd named Kaldi who observed his animals acting unusually frisky after eating berries from a bush.
Coffee is a green bean hidden in the red cherry of the coffee tree. Coffee beans are actually seeds.
Coffee was first cultivated after being transported from Ethiopia, where it was discovered, in what is today the country of Yemen.
The two main types of coffee trees, Arabica and Robusta, can produce crops for 20-30 years under proper conditions and care.
More than 53 countries grow coffee worldwide, but all of them lie along the equator between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn
Starting in the 15th century, coffee traveled to Turkey, and then on to Europe. Migrating up from Italy, it arrived in Paris in 1686 when the first French café was opened.
With the exception of Hawaii and Puerto Rico, no coffee is grown in the U.S. or its territories.
The world’s largest coffee producer is Brazil, with upwards of 3,970,000,000 coffee trees.
One coffee bush yields slightly less than one pound of coffee per year.
Coffee ripens unevenly, hence gourmet and specialty coffee must be picked by hand.
In 1720, a French lieutenant traveled with a coffee plant he’d received as a gift. He planted it on the island of Martinique and plantations soon grew from French Guyana to Brazil and Central America. Almost all the coffee in Latin America descends from that single Martinique plant.
Today, coffee is a giant global industry employing more than 25 million people worldwide.
Most coffee farmers have never tasted their own coffee.
Coffee ranks second only to petroleum in terms of dollars traded worldwide.
For every pound of specialty coffee sold, a coffee farmer may receive between 12 and 25 cents. Only one cent of the price of a $2 cup of coffee goes to the grower.
Espresso came from Neapolitan impatience: they simply couldn’t wait for coffee to be brewed. The French introduced the first espresso machine in 1822, but the Italians perfected and distributed it.
Espresso has roughly 1/3 the caffeine as a regular cup of coffee.
Ninety percent of Americans consume caffeine in some form every day.
Decaffeinated products still have caffeine in them. In the U.S., “decaffeinated” means that a product contains no more than 2.5% caffeine.
Instant coffee was invented in 1906 by Mr. G. Washington, an Englishman living in Guatemala.
With more than 500 billion cups consumed every year, coffee is the world’s most popular beverage.
You snooze, you lose.
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