Notes: Milk Chocolate, Honey and Lemon
Varietal: Caturra, Castillo, Colombia
Drying Process: Sun-Dried (Open or Patio) & Fermented 12 to 48 hours
Roast: Medium Roast
Farmer: A Small Group of Farmers
Altitude: 1,800 – 2,300 masl
This is a powerfully complex coffee with notes of honey, lemon and milk chocolate. The process of fermentation adds an extra layer to this coffee’s flavour profile with a refined sweetness, acidity and body.
The Department of 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 the famous Galeras (4,276 metres).
This coffee is literally grown on the very slopes of Galeras, an Andean stratovolcano that has been active for at least a million years and is known for being the most active volcano in Colombia. As you might have guessed, the soil in this area and hillsides that surround the region’s main city of Pasta where coffee is grown by many farmers is incredibly rich and beneficial for coffee growing.
As is the case with many parts of Colombia, producers in this region are overwhelmingly small-hold farmers, who manage their own self-sufficient wet-mills and patios (open or covered) for drying.
Hard work and time-consuming manual processes such as washing (which must happen up to 4 times per batch) is rewarded by excellent coffee which we believe is a meaningful representation of the location’s unique microclimate (low relative humidity, significant wind and ample sunlight).