Spotlight on Dominican Republic
Coffee is grown in more than fifty countries across the world, and is integral to many of these economies. It’s that time again to explore another highly regarded coffee culture. We’ve taken you across continents and shown you how different nations cultivate their coffee, and the resulting flavors that are unique to each region. Today, we’re spotlighting coffee from the Dominican Republic. Location Dominican Republic is the second largest and most diverse Caribbean country. It is part of the North American continent, and is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and to the south by the Caribbean Sea. Introduction of Coffee Spanish colonists introduced coffee to the Dominican Republic in the eighteenth century, and it very quickly became a profitable farming product, and a national obsession. Today, it is the national non-alcoholic drink, and it is definitely a source of pride for the locals. Refusing an offer of coffee in the Dominican Republic is seen as very impolite. How it’s Grown It’s no surprise that the climate and conditions in the Dominican Republic are ideal for growing coffee. With rain falling almost year-round, a range of high altitudes, unique soils, cool trade winds, and a balance of sunshine, high quality coffee beans can consistently be produced. Almost all of the coffee consists of different varietals of Arabica. Most coffee is shade-grown on small coffee farms, and the production process follows very environmentally friendly standards. This is primarily to prevent pests and diseases from infesting the coffee trees, and to prevent soil erosion. Coffees are generally picked by hand, little by little, over the course of a long growing season, after which it is generally wet-processed and dried. Taste The flavor and physical characteristics of coffee from Dominican Republic are derived from the mountain ranges and slopes in which they are grown. High-grown Dominican coffee is fairly rich, acidic, and has an earthy flavor that is classically Caribbean. On the other hand, lower grown coffees tend to be softer and less acidic. If you are interested in trying some of the famous brews from the Dominican Republic, we’ve got a treat or two for you. This organic coffee is often referred to as “The Treasure of the Caribbean,” and is considered as one of the best kept secrets of the Santo Domingo region, where many devoted farmers make a living from the production of coffee. Therefore, their families can reap the benefits of it as well. For that reason, strict measures are put into place to ensure top quality standards. Once you taste this, you’ll understand why it is literally regarded as a treasure. This delicious gourmet coffee is medium-bodied and well balanced, with complexity in every sip. For your convenience, it is available in one pound and five pound bags, so you’ll have just as much as you need. To learn more about the fantastic array of flavors that you’ll find all around the world, please visit us today at CoffeeAM, and join us again as we continue our coffee adventures!