Colombia, Las Galeras, Narino

Origin Region
South America
Country of Origin
Colombia
Region
Narino (region surrounding the Galeras Volcano)
Farm
Various Farmers from Narino Department. Various Small holder farmers
Cultivar
Caturra, Castillo, and Colomiba
Elevation
1700-2200 meters
Process
Fermented between 12-48 hours and dried on open or covered patios
Roaster
Mundos
Tasting Notes
Stone Fruit, Cinnamon, Dark Chocolate
Other Notes
The Department of Nariño is located in the southwest of Colombia, just above the equator and on the border with Ecuador. This is a very mountainous region and boasts no fewer than five volcanos. This particular coffee was grown on the slopes of the Volcano, ‘Las Galeras.’ The volcano itself has been active for at least 1 million years before goring through a period of 10 years of dormancy up until 1988, when it became active again. It last erupted in 2013.
The volcanic soil is prime real-estate for coffee growing to prosper. With the high growing altitude, the coffee grows at a slower pace, which allows the coffee bean to be more developed and complex. This region is composed mostly of small-holder farmers who manage their own self-sufficient wet mills and patios (for drying). Harvesting is done by each family themselves, usually with the help from neighbors. The ripe coffee cherries are then de-pulped through a manual pulper, fermented and then dried. This region is blessed with the best drying conditions in the entire country.