Colombia is the second-largest producer of coffee in the world and the largest producer of washed Arabica coffee. They are well known for their high-quality coffee, and about half of their exports come to the United States. Colombia exports approximately 12.5 million bags and internal consumption is about 2 million bags annually.
Colombia only produces washed Arabica coffee. There are three primary varieties grown in Colombia and the coffee is referred to by the region in which it is grown.
This coffee comes from the small town of Pitalito, in southern Huila in the Valley of Laboyos. This southern area of Colombia is at the foot of the Andes mountains. This massive mountain range is the birthplace of the Magdalena River, which travels north all the way to the Caribbean coast.
The valley itself lies at about 1,300 meters above sea level. All the surrounding mountains grow coffee, with a per-farm average of 6 hectares and about 5,000 trees per hectare. The soil is volcanic, providing lots of organic nutrients for this high-altitude coffee.
Colombia Pitalito is recognized for having high acidity, medium to good body, and notes of stone fruits.