Notes: Butterscotch, Caramel, Malt & Dark Chocolate
Varietal: Caturra, Castillo, Colombia
Drying Process: Sun-Dried (Open or Patio)
Roast: Medium Roast
Farmer: A Small Group of Farmers (Smallholdings)
Altitude: 1,800 – 1,950 masl
This is an incredibly well-balanced coffee with a smooth body and sweet notes of butterscotch and caramel. Those who love that chocolatey component to their espresso-based drinks will enjoy this one.
Known for its rich history, stunning landscapes and exceptional national park, Nariño is located in the southwest of Colombia, just above the equator and on the border with Ecuador.
The region is strikingly mountainous and boasts no fewer than five volcanoes: Chiles (4,718 metres), Cumbal (4,764 metres), Azufral (4,070 metres), Doña Juana (4,250 metres) and Galeras (4,276 metres).
Coffee produced in the area greatly benefits the quality of nutrient-rich soil and high elevations that allow for the slow development of the coffee bean and gives the cup profile of Nariño its unique characteristics.
Yet, despite all its attributes, producers in this region whose farms are often located in remote areas have traditionally found it difficult to break into global markets for specialty coffee. The game-changer came in 2010 and 2012 when two growers from the region of Buesaco (in northern Nariño) won the Colombian Cup of Excellence.
This massive achievement improved the region's reputation for specialty coffee and paved the way for many new growers to find recognition both nationally and internationally — increasing premiums and supporting livelihoods.