This microlot 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. Of these growers 52 have been selected to be part of the ‘Café Con Altura’ program run by the producer group. These growers have received extra support regarding infrastructure and education as they have been identified to produce exceptional coffees.
The small holders here typically produce a 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. Lohas our export partners have been experimenting with fermentation times with the producers looking at ways to produce the most interesting and diverse profiles. At the high altitudes in Narino they have opted for longer and slower fermentation times depending on the temperatures.