In the beginning of the 60’s, the International Coffee Organization (ICO) established an identity code for each exporting country that, followed by the exporters code and the loading/shipping number, is stamped since then in each bag of coffee. As a small tribute to the history of the bag of coffee, Cafés El Magnífico wants to contribute perpetuating this traditional numeration.
Café Alco Bolívar
multiple farms
multiple producers
1.400 – 1.700 masl
Bourbon, Typica and Caturra
Washing and drying in the sun | SOIL: Volcanic
0,19 € / taza

Café Alco Bolívar

From 6,00 to 24,00

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The production area has a tropical climate with an average temperature of 21.6°C and an average annual rainfall of 1,612 mm. Most of the coffee trees are shaded under banana trees to slow down and optimize their ripening process. The whole harvest is manual.

Alco Bolívar Supremo is a mixture of different farms of the Antioquia region that are well known for their quality. The blend is consistent in sweetness and balance year after year. The Supreme quality only differs from the Excelso in size.

After being harvested the cherries are taken to the washing station where they are pulped to remove most of their layer of skin and pulp. The coffee is placed in clean water tanks where any remaining pulp is removed through 30h of fermentation. This process in addition to "cleaning" the parchment helps to convert the sugars into acids.
Subsequently the grains are washed to remove the remaining residues; it is the last stage before spreading them in raised beds to dry in the sun for a few days.
Fruit jam and winey fragrance. Chocolaty and tabacco flavors with hints of cinnamon and fruits.
Since 1850 coffee cultivation has spread from Santander to other regions, particularly towards Antioquia. This displacement became more effective between 1874 and 1900 and received a special impulse with the inauguration of the Railroad of Antioquia in 1893, that offered to the new coffee growers facilities to transport their harvests. From 1875 until 1925 Antioquia became the largest export producer. By the end of the 1920s, coffee accounted for almost 75% of the country's total exports. In 1890 Colombia exported approximately 300,000 bags a year and by the early 1930s it exported more than 3 million. Today Colombia exports 12 million bags per year.

Today, Antioquia promotes the New Generation Coffee Camp that is celebrated in an extensive park on the outskirts of Medellin, capital of the region. This camp offers young coffee growers (ages between 20 to 30) the opportunity to improve the quality of their coffees by learning about brewing, fermentation, and how to taste them, but they also have the opportunity to socialize with more experienced coffee producers.

They also learn about how to promote their farms by building brand identity, using social media, and understanding what happens to coffee the moment it leaves the farm (i.e. the work of exporters, importers, roasters, and more.) They also receive practical lessons in barista skills.