Colombian Excelso Coffee Beans
Here, you can buy our 500g or 1kg packs of 100% Arabica Colombian Excelso coffee beans, medium-roasted and perfect for your milk-based espresso beverage.
This Colombia Excelso is such a delicious and well-rounded coffee.
They produce elegant and sweet-tasting flavors of roasted hazelnut and milk chocolate with a rich aftertaste of caramel and toffee.
Our mycuppa store offers three Colombian coffee experiences - this Excelso, a Supremo, and our certified Organic Excelso.
Excelso versus Supremo - what's the difference?
There are two main classifications of Colombian coffee - Supremo and Excelso.
Refrain from thinking momentarily that Colombian Supremo is superior to Colombia Excelso; it's just a physical size grading.
Supremo beans are more prominent as the screen size is 17 and up, while Excelso is smaller, with 14 - 16 screens.
Supremo does not mean it's better than Excelso regarding flavor or cup performance.
They do roast differently because the Supremo requires more heat energy. Still, each lot of coffee has different density and moisture levels that affect the roasting process, not just physical size.
In our 20 years of experience, we prefer Excelso beans as smaller sizes often deliver exceptional sweet flavors, fruit complexity, and brighter acidity.
Excelso's offer more ZING in the cup with that sharper acidity that cuts through milk better.
However, Supremo beans (in a traditional sense) can exhibit bold flavors, especially black currant, which is powerful.
Supremo beans may also offer more body or mouthfeel compared to Excelso.
As to which might suit you better - nobody can say. It's best to try the coffee and make your up.
Our current Excelso lot is smoother and has a softer milk chocolate note.
The current Supremo lot is super-punch, bold, and strong, with intense black currant and spice in the cup.
They are entirely different-tasting coffees, yet they both come from Colombia.
Our certified Organic Colombia coffee is also different from the Excelso and Supremo.
That is precisely what Colombian coffees are about - plenty of flavor and cup diversity.
About Our Colombian coffees
Everyone knows that Colombia produces some of the world's finest coffees.
They are also becoming the most expensive since the pandemic and adverse weather-affected shortages.
There are more than half a million coffee farmers in Columbia, and the great thing about having so many farmers is that most coffees are grown and harvested on smaller-sized lots instead of the large estates of other coffee-growing countries.
Colombian coffee farmers can apply more care to their smaller holdings.
The other attractive feature of Colombian coffee is the vast geographical area where coffee is grown, which means the coffee seasons in each region are spaced across a full calendar year.
We source between 6 to 8 different lots each year. These lots come from other growing areas or regions.
Our Excelso from the Inza region can produce intense and fruity Colombian beans.
Coffees from Inza stand up in the cup - they have sparkling acidity and a crisp, clean flavor in milk, making them ideal choices for most home espresso machine users.
Inza produces a medium to bold body and a flavor profile of chocolate, citrus fruit, berries, and currants.
Popayan is another district in Colombia well regarded for providing exceptional Supremo and Excelso coffees.
Our coffees come from the Department of Cauca with a screen size 15+.
The coffee exhibits a soft, sweet flavor of honey and toffee with a crisp apple acidity, a syrupy body, and a creamy cocoa finish.
Our Popayam produces a long dark chocolate finish with notes of black currant and a strong flavor.
Generally, it is the most available region for coffee as it covers a large growing area.
The coffees from Huila are softer and more balanced with milk chocolate and nuts as the primary attributes.
Coffees from Narino are more challenging to source. It's usually the first region to produce coffee, located in the northern part of Colombia.
Narino is one of the highest-elevation areas for Colombian coffee.
The air is thinner and colder.
Higher altitudes and colder climates result in coffee cherries ripening slower and developing more significant levels of sweetness and acidity.
Narino coffees are complex with intense sweetness and the most beautiful acidity in Colombia.
Narino is only sometimes available; however, it's bloody fantastic.
Saving the best till last, we love Narino and Tolima; they are our favorite areas or departments.
Some of the sweetest and most delicious coffees we have ever tasted - Tolima delivered truckloads of chocolate, most prized dark cocoa.
Only available at certain times of the year.
As we have noted in our other Colombian product pages, the last 2 years has not been kind to Colombian coffees.
The pandemic caused a complete 2+ month shutdown in 2021 that took many months longer to "catchup" and quite frankly outputs from Colombia are still lower and challenging.
The La Nina weather patterns have resulted in excessive and persistent rains - affecting growing, harvesting and transport of coffee.
Overall, these factors are contributing to push up the price of Colombian coffees to levels we have not seen in 20 years.
The current lot is from Huila. It's nice and more of a typical middle-range Colombian with nuts and milk chocolate.
If you are looking for the punchy, bold, black currant notes from classic Colombians, try the Supremo.
For rich, dark chocolate with sweet and fine acidity - go the certified FAIRTRADE Organic Colombian.
Our medium roast level displays that beautifully typical Colombian monk-brown color.
Currently, Colombia remains a challenging region - expensive and very limited options.