Ecuadorian coffees tend to be fairly acidity with a medium body and a predictable flavor typical of South American coffees and Central American coffees coffees.
Ecuador Coffee Growing Regions
Coffee is primarily grown in the following regions of Ecuador:
- El Oro
Ecuador Coffee Brands
The most (locally) popular brand of Ecuador coffee we’ve found is Cafe Cubanito. Most Ecuador coffees are exported as green coffee beans to other countries such as the United States, Australia, Russia, Poland, Germany and even Colombia. These exported coffees are then blended into other brands, or sold as unique and rare single origin coffees.
Galagapos Islands Coffee
The Galagapos Islands are a series of volcanic islands spread directly on the equator (both North and South), and are a province of Ecauador located about 900 km offshore in the Pacific Ocean. With a population of about 26,000, they encompass about 8,000 square kilometers with mountain ranges going up to 1,700 meters – perfect conditions for growing coffee.
Being disconnected from land and without infrastructure from surrounding countries, the coffee industry never really took hold. This may be starting to change if Scott Henderson manages to scale up his “Lava Java” coffee farm. Managing the entire process from growing to harvesting, processing and roasting is necessary, but Scott and his wife Maria Elena – conservationists by trade – are up to the task.
Naturally, the focus isn’t just on coffee trees but biodiversity, with the farm encompassing a variety of trees including exotic ones only found on the island (and almost wiped out). This encourages a number of different insects who can help pollinate, which in turn attract small animals like birds, and help the island overall thrive.