Colombia Medellin Chocolate
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No one knows exactly when coffee arrived in what is now Colombia. Some think the bean came with Jesuit priests in the seventeenth century, but the first shipment of coffee overseas wasn’t until 1835, when 2500 pounds of coffee headed from Colombia to the United States.
Medellin is one of the larger coffee growing areas in Colombia. This region produces the majority of Colombian coffee that is categorized by bean size grade (e.g. Excelso). Medellin coffee has a medium body and are typically not as fruity/winey as coffees from other Colombian regions. The cup is well balanced and can be enjoyed at any time of day.
The global coffee crisis hit Colombia's small producers hard. Twenty-three percent of producers were not meeting production costs in the nineteen nineties. The effect on producer families varied by region, but overall the crisis sent people further into poverty and debt. Malnutrition among small children in farm families went up significantly, while coffee production across the country fell 44% as farmers could no longer afford to harvest and process their crops. Many farmers were forced to migrate for work in urban areas leading to increased unemployment and more poverty
Gender Gap Index 2016