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Colombia Regional Collective: Luis Alberto Motta

This year we’re celebrating our alliance with Colombia’s coffee industry and its rich history of producing some of the most delightful, sought after and recognised coffees in the world.

Showcasing a collection of three carefully curated filter coffees, our Colombia Regional Collective aims to shine a light on the flavour profiles and nuances between coffees coming from Huila, Tolima and Cauca, while accentuating the talent of its producers.

Our journey through the various Colombian microclimates starts in Huila, and our trilogy begins with the work of Luis Alberto Motta. 

HUILA: 

Located in the South of Colombia, Huila sits close to the Equator and benefits from high altitudes. Due to cooler temperatures, cherry at these altitudes ripen slower, therefore, developing the bright and distinct cup quality Huila is celebrated for. Famous and respected in the speciality sector for producing coffees with sweet acidity, intense aromas and texturally rich caramel notes, Huila received Denomination of Origin in 2013. One of our favourite producing regions, we feel Luis Alberto’s lot not only shines a light but encapsulates the processing know-how and tradition of growing coffee that Huila has to offer. 

LUIS ALBERTO MOTTA: 

Luis Alberto grew up on his family’s coffee farm and since the age of five, knew coffee was his life’s passion. Selling the land inherited from his father to invest in a bigger farm, he has successfully expanded his plantation from 6,000 to 10,000 trees of Tabi and Caturra over the past forty years. For the past few years, Luis Alberto has been working closely with Caravela who has introduced him to new fertilisers and farming practices while teaching him how to work with budgets and investing. As a result, Luis Alberto has seen a significant increase in both the quality of his produce and profitability.

When we asked Luis Alberto what he would like people to know about him and his coffee, he had the following to say:

“I like when people can feel the flavour and aroma of my coffee so that they understand that they really are drinking a good coffee. To me, it is important that people know that I grew up growing coffee alongside my dad, that the climate and soils of this region are really good, and that I work on improving the quality of my coffee every day.

I want to invite people to come and visit us so they can discover my region and see all the hard work that is put into producing the highest quality coffee, despite the rough economic and infrastructure conditions. I am really happy to be able to produce high-quality coffee, and I hope that these customers will keep buying my coffee and taste the flavours of my region.”

To get the best from Luis Alberto’s coffee, we recommend you brew as a pour-over. Sweet and sugary with hints of blackberry when hot, it opens as it cools with slightly more nutty flavours taking the lead into a raw honey and papaya finish with its delicate body carrying all the way through. One to savour from the beginning to the end, we hope you enjoy!

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Colombia Regional Collective: El Guayacán

Cauca

Surrounded by the peaks of Huila and Tolima, Cauca spreads across the Macizo Colombiano, or Colombian Plateau. Lying close to the equator, Cauca is a major catchment basin for water running down from the Andes combined with rich soil at roughly 1785 masl, offering coffee the prime ingredients to thrive. 

For the final stop of our Colombia Regional Collective, we turn to Inza, a valley known as the gateway to the Tierradentro archaeological park at the heart of Cauca. Once home to the Tierradentro, an ancient pre-Colombian civilization who dwelled in these valleys between 200BC and the 1700s, the area’s rich cultural history runs deep. 

As was the case with Tolima, due to its remoteness and dense jungle environment, Inza and other valleys within Cauca were difficult to access leaving its people vulnerable to violence. As a result, Inza missed the surge of the spreading and cultivation of newer pest-resistant coffee varieties offering higher yields. One of the few areas in Colombia where you can still come across an abundance of older, classic varieties such as Bourbon and Typica, truly defining the region’s speciality offering. 

Introduced to the Island of Bourbon now Reunion Island, from Yemen, by the French in the 1700s Bourbon made its way to Colombia on the trail of missionaries in the early 1800s. Typically recognised for its floral, red apple and red-fruit notes; honey, brown sugar sweetness and balanced, juicy body, Bourbon has played a central part in shaping the taste profile of coffee grown in Inza. 

El Guayacán

Growing up on his family farm in Inza, Johany Quilindo has coffee running through his veins. In 2015 he turned his focus to speciality coffee as a means to secure better prices and improve his livelihood. Seeing variety as key to differentiating his cup quality, Johany grows Colombia and Bourbon, paying close attention to post-harvest processing. High up in the mountains, his farm is a total of  2.5 hectares, with 2.2 of them for coffee. Working hard to improve the post-harvest infrastructure of his farm, Johany shared the following with us: 

“I’d like people to know that we are honest people, and that growing coffee requires a lot of dedication and sacrifice for us. We have a good climate in our area, so we don’t suffer from pests and diseases.

Growing good coffee is planting a variety that has a good cup but also a good yield; then the drying process is really important to make sure you end up with a clean coffee.

What makes my coffee so good is my dedication, the picking and the fermentation. It tastes really sweet and smooth and I’d like people to feel at ease when they drink my coffee so that they want to drink more of it.”

With great complexity, a velvety mouthfeel, elegant blackcurrant-like acidity with fig, marshmallow and pecan notes shining through the cup, sipping El Guayacán all day, any day won’t be hard. Thank you Johany. We hope you enjoy!.

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The best time to have coffee

As you all know, coffee is exceptionally great for everyone’s health and elongates one’s life. As per numerous studies have shown that drinking coffee lessens the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes (type 2), and Parkinson’s illness by substantial percent. When you drink coffee at different times of the day, it can reduce or increase the benefits of coffee.

In this blog, we will discuss what the best time to have coffee is. In addition, you will know what the worst time to drink coffee is. So, let’s know about the perfect time to consume coffee.

Early morning coffee is not perfect

Yes, you will be shocked to know that an early cup of coffee is not the perfect time to have coffee. To be honest, it is the worst time to drink coffee. According to Steven L. Miller, a neuroscientist, consuming coffee during mornings, when your stress hormone (cortisol) levels are significantly up, acts as an add-up to stress. This stress steroid goes up when you experience an adrenaline rush or are stressed out. It keeps you awake, brings alertness, and controls various biological processes.

Also, the cortisol levels increase the moment you rise. Everyone experience this boost the entire day with a peak between 8:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. If you drink the first coffee cup as a breakfast, you are not taking in the full advantage but creating the pointless stress. In simple terms, one can say that stress and cortisol add up to extra stress, which is really bad for one’s health. So, when drinking coffee during this period is the least effectual time and the worst one too.

What to do if you are an early bird?

Most of the people require a cup of coffee after getting out of bed. If that’s the case with you, we have a solution. Miller explains that there is a pre-sun cortisol production, which is even called Cortisol Awakening Response that happens no matter what. So, there is a 50% boost in the production of cortisol even if you get up before the sun rises.

We can truly understand if a mug of coffee helps you in waking up in the mornings. However, it is not an efficient period to drink caffeine. It is advisable to wait for a specific time to take your first mug of coffee.

Best time to consume coffee

Now, it’s time to know what the best time to consume coffee is. Miller states that this specific period is just after the cortisol peak. Hence, the best time is between 9:00 A.M. and 11.30 A.M. in mornings and between 1:00 P.M. and 5:00 P.M. in afternoons.

So, these periods usually happen between natural cortisol boosts, where the caffeine intake would be highly productive. Hence, drinking coffee before 8:00 A.M. is the worst time and between 8:00 A.M. and 9:00 A.M. is bad. Also, it is really unhealthy to consume caffeine between 12:00 noon and 1:00 P.M and again, after 5:00 P.M.

Hence, you should enjoy your daily mug of coffee between 9:00 A.M. and 11:30 A.M. in the morning and between 1:00 P.M. and 5:00 PM in the evening. Now, enjoy your medium roast coffee!

 

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Favorite Amazon Home Decor Finds

Hiya friends. Today, I wanted to take a little break from my life (are you so thankful) and chat about some Amazon home essentials I’m currently loving. I have many of these pieces in our home, and I think people often forget that Amazon is a great place to get home decor. And, since they recently started allowing returns at Kohls, I find it so much easier to shop/return as needed. However, I promise you that you wont need to return these items because they are staples for any home.

Amazon Home Essentials

Artificial Blooms: I have been finding the prettiest faux flowers/greenery on amazon lately. I had these in our last home and currently have these gorgeous blossoms on our kitchenette table and I just think they looks fabulous placed in an oversized jar. If you don’t have a green thumb (like me), no worries, just incorporate some faux into your mix!

Amazon Home Essentials by popular Ohio life and style blog, Coffee Beans and Bobby Pins: collage image of a Amazon marble and wood cutting board, Amazon JONATHAN Y JYL3043A Cleo 21.5" Ceramic/Metal Ginger Jar Table Lamp, Amazon Sputnik Chandelier 8 Lights Modern Gold Ceiling Light Fixture Industrial Brushed Brass Vintage Pendant Lighting, Amazon Wallard Design Antelope Animal Traditional Persian Handmade 100% Wool Rug, Amazon Koyal Wholesale Glass Mirror Hexagonal Trays, Amazon Poly and Bark Cafton Crossback Chair, Amazon Ivilon Drapery Treatment Window Curtain Rod, Amazon Costa Farms Ficus Lyrata Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree, Amazon HOMENOTE White Ceramic Flower Pot, Amazon JEDFORE Fake Fruit Home House Kitchen Party Decoration Artificial Lifelike Simulation Yellow Lemon, and Amazon Adory Sweety Throw Blanket.

Kitchen Knick Knacks and Necessities: I love displaying things in the kitchen, so this marble cutting/cheese board fits right in.

Lamps, Trays and Coffee Table Books: so much variety and again, great price points. I adore the lamps I recently picked up for half the price of other stores for our foyer tables.

Light Fixtures: SUCH.GREAT.PRICE.POINTS. I’m not being dramatic when I say I want to replace every.single fixture in our home. They just don’t vibe well with our decor. Amazon has been saving my butt for some great options at great price points. Since I’m saving money in bedrooms and bathrooms, I can splurge on some great fixtures for main areas of the house. We just added this funky one to Aaron’s office and I love the vibe it creates!

Rugs: Did you know rugs are on Amazon? Me either until recently. Can we talk about this one? It’s been sitting in my cart for our Master Bedroom and I’m about to pull the trigger.

Furniture: Am I going to buy my bed and couch off Amazon? Probably not, but hey you never know! I leave it all up to the reviewers. These chairs had a great price point, great reviews and numerous other colors. We have been SO happy with them and they look amazing.

Curtains and Rods: Okay, we don’t have any Amazon curtains, but ALL of our rods are from there thanks to the wide variety. We had so many curtain panels from the last house, we didn’t need many here, but I would definitely not count Amazon out if you’re looking for great panels!

Real plants and planters: Okay, I love faux plants, as mentioned above, but did you know Amazon also sells real plants? I’ve had amazing luck with Costa Farms (they guarantee their plants and have great customer service). Go on, get the fiddle fig, you know you want it.

Oddities: You know how sometimes you stalk Home Goods to find something like fake lemons? Amazon! No stalking required (although I do love a reason to go to Home Goods).

Linens: All the throws, down blankets, pillows, etc. I’ve never bought anything regarding linen or pillow inserts/covers that I’ve had to return. Great quality/price!

My biggest tip when shopping for home decor (or anything really) is to read the reviews. I don’t shy away if a few people have negative things to say, but if the majority are positive or negative, I take that as a warning. Aaron often jokes with me that “Amazon isn’t free” because I truly purchase so much from the company. It’s just so easy and nice for busy moms, people, etc.! Bring on that two day shipping.

But mostly, bring on the coffee. Almost to Friday friends. Let’s have wine together?

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What are your favorite Amazon home essentials?  Let me know in a comment below!

Amazon Home Essentials by popular Ohio life and style blog, Coffee Beans and Bobby Pins: Pinterest image of various Amazon home products.

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