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Andreas Johansson wrote:

> Quoting Carlos Thompson <[log in to unmask]>:
>
> > -- Carlos Th
> >    who things that the coffee you normaly get in Colombia (tinto as we
call
> > it) neither smells nor tastes good.  We have a fine coffee growing
culture,
> > unfortunately we lack a coffee consuming culture... :-\
>
> Since I was in Spain, I'm fully convinced that the Spaniards export all
> remotely drinkable wine they make, and only keep the truly awful for
> themselves. P'rhaps the Colombians do something similar with coffee - what
> little Colombian coffee I've drunken has been good.

Note than in a coffee cup there are three elements that make it a good
coffee: the grains, the way they have been toasted and blended, and how the
coffee was prepared.

For a long time, Colombia exported the better quality grains, leaving lesser
quality home.  That was improved probably in the late 80's early 90's, but
then we don't have good toasting facilities.  Quality of toasted coffee has
improved however in the last few years.

My real complain, is that we still do not know how to prepare a good cup of
coffee.  Overall, I mean, there are specialized coffee shops, that sell good
quality and fine prepared varieties of coffee drinks.

But average homemade "tinto" is not.

-- Carlos Th