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Table of coffee origins – South America

Country/RegionDenominationNotes
Colombia
ColombiansOne quarter stronger than Santos from Brazil and with a much finer flavour and aroma. Medium body, vibrant acidity, nuanced fruit tones. Sometimes chocolatey
MedellinMedium smooth, fine flavour and body
ManizalesSimilar to Medellin but not as heavy bodied or as acid
Jerico
Santa MartaFancy roast, too acid to be used straight
BogotàSmooth roast, rich, mellow flavour
CaucaSimilar but inferior to Bogotà and Bucaramanga
BucaramangaHeavy body, lacking acidity and flavour
CucutaAttractive in style and cup
SavanillaSimilar but inferior to Bogotà and Bucaramanga
Popoyan
CaturraOne of the best Colombian coffees, low-to-medium and bright body acidity
CastilloSmooth, aromatic, with citric acidity
Tinto CoffeeA low-quality variant
Tolima
Antioquia
Cundinamarca
Santander
Sierra Nevada
HuilaHuila
RisaraldaRisaralda
NariñoNariño
CaldasCaldas
QuinidioSan Alberto
Venezuela
Venezuela (general)Next to Santos from Brazil in quality, mild or mellow in the cup. Quite sweet, occasional fruitness, little low in acidity and relatively rich in terms of mouthfeel and texture
CaracasLight cinnamon roast, fair cup
Puerto CabelloFair cup but inferior to Caracas
Cumana
Coro
TrujilloLow grade, rough roast
Santa AnaLight colour and body
Monte CarmeloLight colour and body
BoconoLight colour and body
MeridaGood roast, delicate flavour
TovarFair to good body, without acidity
TachiraSimilar to Cucuta from Colombia
AngosturaLight colour and body, not much character
CarupanoLow grade
CaripeA soft, gentle cup
Brazil
Brazil (general)Intensely sweet, with nutty and chocolate notes. Some varieties have red fruits notes too. Overall heavy in body
Sao PauloBourbon SantosSmooth and palatable, without tang
Sao PauloFlat Bean SantosGood full smooth body
Sao PauloMocha-Seed Santos
Sao PauloEstate Santos
Sao PauloMogiana
Sao PauloCerrado
RioMinas Gerais RioPeculiar pungent aroma and flavour
VictoriaCapitaniaMuddy cup
BahiaBahiaLow grade, having a peculiar smoky flavour
BahiaChapadaAttractive roast but no cup character
BahiaCaravellasAttractive roast but no cup character
BahiaNazarethFair roast, undesirable cup
BahiaMaragogipeElephantine roast, woody in the cup
CearàCuaruaruSimilar to Santos
Maragaturra
Mato GrossoMato Grosso
Espirito SantoEspirito Santo
ParanàParanà
Ecuador
Ecuador (general)Resembling Cearà coffee from Brazil, when old making a bright roast. Poor in cup quality and used as a filler. Thin to medium body, occasionally acidic
Manabi
Loja
El Oro
Zamora Chinchipe
Galapagos IslandsGalapagos
Peru
Peru (general)Highland Peru are comparable to Highland Mexico. Lowlands are not favourably regarded. Creamy, mild citric acidity. Caramel and toffee notes
Chanchamayo ValleyThe best reputed Peruvian coffee
Cusco
Cajamarca
Junin
San Martin
Bolivia
Bolivia (general)Superior quality, favourably compared with arabian coffees. Clean taste, bright acidity, very sweet and aromatic with fruity notes and occasionally chocolatey
Yungas
Santa Cruz
Beni
Paraguay
Paraguay (general)Marketed and sold as Brazilian coffee

Source: All About Coffee, The World Atlas of Coffee plus our own researches.

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Table of coffee origins – South America

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