Traveling the world is a great experience filled with excitement, adventure, and wonder. Experiencing single origin coffees from around the world is kind of the same... just without the travel.
Embark on an adventure with Bean Life Coffee’s specialty coffees! Explore the variety of the wonderful profiles and experience the culture of the coffee’s country of origin.
Peru – Cajamarca
Travel to Cajamarca, in Northern Peru, where there are small pockets of villages with coffee farms. This region is known for its dense beans that are grown on the mountains. Making use of the high altitudes of 8,900 ft above sea level, and nutrient rich soils of the Andes mountain range allows for the production of some great coffee.
Clean, mild, with a smooth mouthfeel. Dark toffee, cocoa, roasted nut flavors with a lemon citrus finish. The medium roast level accentuates the coffee’s dark toffee notes. A strong coffee with a subtle sweetness.
The Andean Highlands Peruvian culture is a mix of both native traditions and customs imported by the Spanish colonists and Catholic traditions continue to drive many aspects of Peruvian life, including Carnival. During the celebration of Carnival, you will find the streets decorated, and people everywhere wearing costumes and masks. The normally sleepy Andean town comes to life early Spring to throw the best party of the year.
Popular Landmark: Cumbe Mayo
The canals at Cumbe Mayo are thought to be at least 3,000 years old. Archaeologists aren’t exactly sure why they were built, but it’s thought that the canals were meant to slow down and regulate the movement of water.
Colombia – Nariño
The Nariño region is named after independence leader Antonio Nariño and located just inside the coffee belt, bordering Ecuador, and the Pacific Ocean. Here you will find some of the smallest coffee farms within the Colombian regions. Because they are such small estates, most farmers need to combine their harvests to have enough to go to market. This Colombia Nariño coffee comes from a region with numerous volcanoes and canyons, creating a distinct coffee growing region. The flavor profile benefits from the high altitudes' conditions and rich volcanic soil in which it is grown.
Complex, notes of chocolate, lemon and a winey acidity, with a heavy mouthfeel. Roasted to accentuate the citrusy chocolate-toned sweetness, this is a complex cup of coffee that sweet toothed drinkers will enjoy.
Nariño culture is rooted in the culture of the people who once lived in communities in the mountains of Nariño, Colombia from 800 to 1500 AD. They also harvested Quinoa and raised Llamas for agriculture and trade.
Popular Landmark: Las Lajas Sanctuary
Located in the southwestern Colombian state of Nariño, the Las Lajas Sanctuary sits on a 130 feet tall bridge built over the Guaitara river at less than seven miles from the Ecuadorian border. The neo-Gothic church was erected by worshipers between 1916 and 1953 and replaced a shrine first built in the mid-18th century. Legend has it that a mother and her deaf and mute daughter sought refuge under the Lajas during a very strong storm, and during this her daughter claimed to see the silhouette of the Virgin Mary.
Colombia – Huila
Grown in and around the small town of San Agustin, Huila, located in the south western districts of Colombia. With the towering Andes mountains providing a backdrop and the 1,000-mile-long Magdalena River roaring north to the Caribbean Sea, Huila’s altitude, soil and climate provide ideal conditions for growing the finest Arabica coffee beans.
Creamy mouthfeel with a chocolate aroma. Flavors that feature caramel, toffee and savory fruit flavors with a sweet and clean lemon finish. The medium roast promotes caramel nuances that pair wonderfully with the chocolatey aroma. With a full and creamy mouthfeel, the acidic content is less here as compared to atypical Colombian coffee.
San Agustin is Colombia’s most sacred town, at least when it comes to the country’s indigenous past. The town, in the south of Colombia, is home to the largest collection of religious sculptures in South America and is actually the world’s biggest cemetery. At this UNESCO World Heritage site, which also covers the nearby town of Isnos, you’ll find beautiful carvings of humans and animals who guard the ancient tombs and the Fuente de Lavapatas, an incredible man-made channeling of the river into pools and waterfalls, which served as baths for religious rituals all those thousands of years ago.
Popular Landmark: San Agustin Archaeological Park
The San Agustín Archaeological Park is a large archaeological area located near the town of San Agustín in Huila Department in Colombia. The park contains the largest collection of religious monuments and megalithic sculptures in Latin America and is considered the world's largest necropolis.
Guatemala – Huehuetenango
Huehuetenango coffee is grown in the highland regions of western Guatemala, producing perhaps the most distinguished Guatemalan coffee, as it is often considered the best in the country overall. Of the three non-volcanic regions, Huehuetenango is the highest and driest under cultivation. Thanks to the dry, hot winds that blow into the mountains from Mexico’s Tehuantepec plain, the region is protected from frost, allowing Highland Huehue to be cultivated up to 6,500 feet.
With a taste that is subtle and mild yet still complex and interesting, Guatemalan Huehuetenango has distinctive and delicate fruity tastes, a fairly light body that can sometimes be slightly buttery, a sweet floral aroma, and a clean aftertaste that lingers pleasantly on the palate. By implementing a medium roast, the coffee drinker gets the best of both worlds that this varietal offer: fruity brightness coupled with almond and bittersweet chocolate.
The culture of Guatemala reflects strong Mayan and Spanish influences and continues to be defined as a contrast between poor Mayan villagers in the rural highlands, and the urbanized and relatively wealthy mestizos population (known in Guatemala as ladinos) who occupy the cities and surrounding agricultural plains.
Popular Landmark: Tikal National Park
Tikal is the ruin of an ancient city, which was likely to have been called Yax Mutal, found in a rainforest in Guatemala. It is one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centers of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization.
Ethiopia – Limu
Limu coffee is grown at elevations ranging from 3,600 to 6,200 feet in southwest/south-central Ethiopia producing medium-sized coffee beans with a distinctive roundish shape and green color. Ethiopia is considered to be the birthplace of the coffee plant and of coffee culture. It is thought that coffee was discovered in Ethiopia as long ago as the ninth century. Today over 10 percent of the people of Ethipia are invlolved in the cultivation and picking of coffee, and coffee remains a central part of Ethiopian culture.
The brewed cup is distinguished by its well-balanced body and noticeable winey and spicy flavors, fruit-toned, and pleasantly sweet and vibrant with floral overtones. Roasted to a medium level to the point where there are both fruit and chocolate notes to be found in the brewed coffee. This roast brings a juicy complexity.
Perhaps one of the clearest reflections of coffee's role in Ethiopian culture is in its language. Coffee plays such a heavily ingrained role in Ethiopian culture that it appears in many expressions dealing with life, food and interpersonal relationships. One common Ethiopian coffee saying is "Buna dabo naw". This literally translates to "Coffee is our bread". It demonstrates the central role that coffee plays in terms of diet and illustrates the level of importance placed on it as a source of sustenance. Another common saying is "Buna Tetu". This is an Amharic phrase that literally means "Drink coffee". It applies not only to the act of drinking coffee but also to socializing (much like the way people use the phrase "meet for coffee" in English).
A significant ritual is the Ethiopian coffee ceremony which is central to the communities of many Ethiopian villages.
The Ethiopian coffee ceremony is an important part of Ethiopian culture. It involves roasting coffee beans and preparing boiled coffee in a vessel akin to the ibriks (similar to what is used to make Turkish Coffee).
The coffee ceremony is considered to be the most important social occasion in many villages, and it is a sign of respect and friendship to be invited to a coffee ceremony. Guests at a ceremony may discuss topics such as politics, community, and gossip. There is also abundant praise for the ceremony’s performer and the brews she produces.
Popular Landmark: Blue Nile Waterfall
Known locally as Tis- Isat Falls - 'Smoke of Fire' - the Blue Nile Falls is the most dramatic spectacle on either the White or the Blue Nile rivers. 400 meters (1,312 feet) wide when in flood, and dropping over a sheer chasm more than 45 meters (150 feet) deep, the falls throw up a continuous spray of water, which drenches on lookers up to a kilometer away.
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