Specialty Coffee From Colombia: It Is Colombian!


As Sabine Parrish wrote in Standart Issue 7, 

The story of coffee on its journey from the farm to the final cup is central to our identity as specialty coffee.”

The origin of Specialty Coffee means a lot to consumers. If you are a coffee lover, I know you love discovering stories of coffee as much as I do. Today, I am going to share with you a story of this Colombia coffee that worth your discovery. 

Colombia - Leader of Arabica Coffee

First thing first, you may probably be familiar with Colombia coffee but it is important to review a bit of its background. 


It started growing coffee since the mid 16th century. Over 400 years of successful coffee growing experience, Colombia is the highest Arabica coffee producing country in the world. And it is the third highest world coffee producing country after Brazil and Vietnam.

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Because of its unique geography, Colombia is perfectly suited for producing delicious Arabica coffee. As it grows some of the highest quality coffee in the world, you could never forget once you taste a Colombian coffee.

And this is how this coffee changed Mario’s life.

Who is Mario?

Mario, a marathon runner and also the co-founder of It Is Colombian Trading Company. Even though he is a Colombian, he had never known that coffee could be such heavenly until he had his first specialty coffee in 2012 in his home country in Planadas Tolima. Then, he decided to devolve his life into coffee, especially promoting the art of Colombian coffee farmers. 


He then quitted his 10-year job as a banker and spent a year learning everything about coffee in Colombia. With his special love to his favourite city, Hong Kong, he and his partner in Colombia, Angela, take the challenge to promote the best Colombian coffee to Hong Kong coffee community. 

This is how everything started.

Review: Coffee for The Trouble Maker

The coffee I have tasted was a Micro-lot (roasted also in Colombia) from Independencia Coffee. It comes from the North East region of Colombia. The coffee has an interesting nickname as “the coffee for the trouble makers”. 


Bean’s Profile:
Name: Independencia
Region: Norte de Santander
Variety: Castillo
Farmer: Don Gabriel
Altitude: 1650 M.A.S.L
Process: Washed; 14 hours fermentation + 3 weeks sun dry

On cupping bowls, the coffee was delicate and very clean with a hint of orange peel flavour. It has a long lingering sweet maple syrupy aftertaste.

After cupping, I ran the coffee through an espresso machine as well.

I used a recipe with 20g in pulling 40g espresso out in 26s at 93C.

The espresso shot was amazing. It has red cherry syrup with the very bright orang peel flavour. The espresso machine also magnified the maple honey and milk chocolate flavour of the coffee.

Overall, i would say this pack of coffee I received from It Is Colombian was best for espresso and it was one of the very good espresso I have tasted.

Direct trade from the farm: It Is Colombian!

This direct traded Micro-Lot was from this coffee trading company - It Is Colombian. With the mission to promote the true craft of Colombian coffee farmers and share a life-changing experience, they only purchase beans from those small farms that are able to produce truly amazing coffee. They are willing to give a higher quality premium to farmers in order to reward them, which, up to 4 times higher than market price.

I was blessed to have a privilege to taste one of their coffee.

Worth to try! I promise you won’t regret. 

Where to order?

Here is where you can get your coffee:

You can buy this coffee now at Here. If you are a regular coffee drinker, you can join the subscription program with free delivery within Hong Kong. They will keep sourcing the best Colombian coffee from time to time.


Tip: If you subscribe to their newsletter, you will get a 10% off on your next order!

Let me know how is the coffee here!

Vanessa Lee

Founder of Forbidden Project since 2016. A Law & Bus degree graduate who chose to go into the coffee world. Passionate, stubborn and rebellious to traditional concepts. Recently working as a barista trainer. Active competitor in various coffee events.

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