The department of Nariño has about 40,000 coffee farms, two-thirds of which, average around 3 acres in size. Nariño’s proximity to the equator delivers intense exposure to the sun (relatively constant and powerful year-round), which influences the cherry maturation rate. In Buesaco, warm air rises from the deep canyons at night and acts like a protective blanket for the coffee plants perched on the mountain tops. These combined attributes cause coffee plants to passively absorb the sun’s energy during the day and then come alive at night when the conditions are less harsh. This translates into concentrated flowering and long cherry maturation periods, which have produced many award-winning coffees including this years's first place Colombia Cup of Excellence lot.
Process: Fully washed and dried inside solar dryers that provide protection from the rain
Region: Santa Maria, Buesaco, Nariño, Colombia
Rosa Ortiz produced this lot on her 8-acre farm called México, located in the community of Santa María in the municipality of Buesaco within the department of Nariño, Colombia. Eighteen years ago, Rosa’s husband passed away and since his death Rosa and her six children have run the farm. Rosa uses her own micro-mill to process harvested cherries, which allows for meticulous care in depulping, twenty four-hour fermentation periods, and 7 to 14 days of drying. In addition to coffee, Rosa cultivates tomatoes, which provides an additional income for her family.