Hailing from a huge coffee growing region in Colombia located near the equator and nestled high up in the Andes mountains, Nancy Jimenez means it when she says she’s grown up with coffee. She spent most of her life surrounded by coffee producers.
Now she’s brought her traditional Colombian brew some 15,000km direct to Townsville with her new hole-in-the-wall cafe Coffee De Colombia.
Nancy says she’s been pleasantly surprised by how much local coffee lovers have been getting on board with her Colombian-style coffee despite it being quite different to what we’re used to.
“In Colombia, my family drinks a coffee that’s more like an espresso and we call it tinto. My dad probably drinks 12 a day!” she says.
“Tinto is a long black coffee made on sweetened water. The sweetness comes from the sugarcane. Coffee growers in Colombia grow sugarcane on the side of the coffee because the coffee has to be grown alongside other crops like plantain, bananas or sugarcane to get a little bit of shade.
“So they process the sugarcane and they get this syrup that’s kind of like molasses. It’s very raw sugar. You put that in hot water and then you put a shot of coffee so you get this small, very soft coffee to drink. This is the only way I drink coffee. I don’t really drink cappuccinos or any…