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Sweetwater Organic Coffee

Colombia Light Roast Fair Trade Organic Coffee

Aroma: Brown sugar, floral, berries
Body: Medium
Flavor: Cherry, milk chocolate, honey
Acidity: Medium-to-high
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We have recently adjusted our grind options. With that in mind, we wanted to offer this primer so that you can choose the best grind-style for your preferred brewing method.

Whole Bean-- While we are happy to grind your beans, your coffee will stay fresher longer if you grind it as you go. There are many great home grinder options out there and many are surprisingly inexpensive.

Drip-- This is a medium grind that is the most versatile. Brewing methods using drip include home coffee drip machines, pour-overs (like Hario), Chemex, and AeroPress.

Espresso-- This grind is generally used for espresso makers. This includes home machines and stove-tip espresso pots. The grind is the most fine and is optimized to work with a high pressure extraction system.

Coarse-- Coarse is for percolators, french press, cold brewing, and sometimes AeroPress. Coarse is the biggest/loosest grind and enables water to move more freely steeping coffee for extraction.

All of the above, while generally true in the industry, also should be adjusted for preference. Feel free to experiment and please contact us if you have questions and we will be happy to work with you.

Located in the remote, highland regions of Cauca, the Paez (who also call themselves Nasa, or “the people”) is the largest indigenous group in Colombia. Fondo Paez was founded in 1992, with the primary goal of recuperating traditional agricultural knowledge and indigenous culture which had been buried by centuries of conflict and oppression.

The main cash crop of this region is still coffee. Therefore, to ensure a stable income for their members, Fondo Paez proposed a cooperative of community based coffee farmer associations. By 2000, they were sufficiently self-organized to be selling coffee through the Coffee Federation’s Specialty Coffee program. Today they are active members of the fair trade community and process, market, and export their coffee via the regional plant at ExpoCosurca, but maintain full independence in their internal decision-making process.

Track your coffee to the origin on our Fair Trade Proof website.

Learn more about Fondo Paez.

Available in a variety of grind options.

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Customer Reviews (9)


I have been a home roaster for a few decades. Decided to try Sweetwater. I was happy with both the beans and the roast date. I was glad to place a follow-up order. However, no roast date on the new order. Chris


I love Sweetwater coffee, but these beans are far and away my favorite. Smooth, light roast that is always the perfect way to start a day! Lynn

my favorite

This is a legit light roast yet doesnt taste weak like your drinking a hot tea, has that full bold coffee flavor but no bitterness its crazy smooth nick

very satisfactory!

I was looking for whole bean, organic, light roast. As far as I'm concerned, this one is perfect. David

Great taste and smell

This light roast is awesome, my wife and I have been looking for a coffee that met both our tastes and this fit perfectly. we also like that it can come in a 2 lb bag.. seems everywhere else coffee's are sold in small bags. Columbia light roast makes our home smell great first thing in the morning. Joseph
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