October 12, 2015 by beanerbar
With a climate influenced by its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, the region of Nariño, Colombia, is a special place that is known for great coffees. It is there—in particular the towns of Buesaco and Tablón de Gómez—that the Cafés Especiales cooperative members focus on selections of their Caturra variety for this stunning lot with notes of black cherry, plum, and milk chocolate.
Cafés Especiales is a cooperative of about 50 farmer members in and around the town of Buesaco and Tablón de Gómez. Formed only two years ago, they mostly have sold their coffee to large commercial exporters and just started working to focus on higher quality coffees through our partners Virmax last year.
While the cooperative has around 50 members, this lot is from only three farmers: Florencio Nunez, Hugo Moncayo, and Sara Gomez. Each grower process their coffee on their own mini-washing station and dries the coffee on patios at their farms. The overall quality of the coffee and our first meeting this year with the enthusiastic farmers of Cafés Especiales have us excited about the future of this growing coop!
Nariño is an area of Colombia well known for its quality coffee, but one that has been quite difficult for sourcing coffee. Until recently, the area has been in a great deal of political conflict, and producers had very little access to successful avenues for selling their coffee at higher premiums. The coffee farms in this area are nestled deep in the mountains bordering Ecuador with some of the highest elevation in the country.