Narino La Union, Colombia
|TASTE||Nectarine, Yoghurt, Brown Sugar|
|FARM/MILL||Various Farms, La Union
|VARIETAL||Caturra, Castillo, Colombia|
|ORIGIN||La Union, Nariño|
|ALTITUDE||1800 - 1950 masl|
WE CURRENTLY ROAST ON TUESDAYS, SO ALL COFFEE ORDERS PLACED BEFORE MIDNIGHT ON MONDAY WILL BE ROASTED AND SHIPPED OUT ON THE WEDNESDAY OF THAT WEEK.
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. Producers in this region, whose farms are often located in remote areas, have traditionally found it difficult to break into markets for higher quality coffee. The game-changer came in 2010 and 2012 when two growers from the region of Buesaco (also in northern Nariño) won the Colombian Cup of Excellence. This massive win made it apparent to many growers from the region that their coffee had the potential to be sold and commercialised as true specialty coffee. This marked the end of meagre premiums they were receiving for certification schemes.
After the red and ripe cherries are hand-picked, they are floated in cool clean water to remove any low-density beans, before being pulped. Due to the micro-climate and high altitude of the region, Nariño experiences lower relative humidity, more wind and more sunny days than other areas of the country. This means the region is blessed with some of the best drying conditions found in all of Colombia. After drying and exporting, we are lucky enough to work with Mercanta Coffee Company to receive a small amount of this crop. This is a delightfully creamy coffee full of nectarine flavours with a brown sugar sweetness throughout and full, yoghurt-like mouthfeel.