Producer: 420 smallholders Location: Nariño Department Altitude: 1,600 – 2,200 masl Cultivar: Caturra, Colombia, Castillo Process: Fully washed Harvest: March – June Flavour profile: Apricot, red apple & milk chocolate
This washed lot comes from the Narino department which sits in the South-West of Colombia and borders Ecuador. It has a really varied climate according to altitude – it can be extremely hot and humid in the Pacific plains but high in the mountains temperatures drop dramatically. Coffee grows here at some of the highest altitudes in Colombia, with some areas reaching 2200 metres above sea level. The region of Buesaco is known for its quality of coffee, producing lots that have placed in the cup of excellence in Colombia. This producer group is made up of 420 small holders from the towns of Juanambú, Buesaco centro, Santa María, El Naranjal. The smallholders here typically produce washed coffee that undergoes fermentation for 12-16 hours before being dried on rooftops or on raised African beds for 8-14 days weather depending.