All coffee is sold as whole beans. If you would like your coffee ground please leave a note at checkout.
Smallholders of Buesaco: Jairo Rodríguez, Luis Omar Rodríguez, David Gomez, Ulpiano Rodríguez, Leonardo Montilla, Pedro Fajardo, Juan Fajardo and Milton Rodríguez.
Golden sultana, orange, and cherry.
In the cup: This filter is all about presence and mouthfeel. Smooth, creamy, and rich with a golden sugar sweetness and satisfying cacao finish.
The Producers: This beautiful microlot comes to us from 7 smallholders in Eastern Narino.
A change for good: This coffee is part of the change for good coming out of a region that has seen decades of bad. Buesaco suffered for many years under the control of FARC guerillas with the municipality's extreme remoteness limiting government support and intervention. This, as well as the favorable growing conditions for illegal asset-producing crops like opium, created ideal criminal operating centers. It was not until 2010 that the guerillas were finally forced out and Bueseco could become a safe haven for its community and its people and flourish into one of the world's best-regarded coffee regions
The region: In many parts of Colombia, farmers are blessed with two harvest periods, but due to Narino's unique geography, it typically only receives one flowering period per year. A single continuous wet season is followed by a dry season. This is not ideal for farmers and causes some quantitative strain as a result farmers are forced to diversify their crops. Alongside coffee, crops such as plantains and fique (for production of a textile or rope) are often grown.
Processing: Coffee cherries are selectively handpicked and pulped using a manual or electric pulper; this differs slightly depending on the setup from farmer to farmer. The green coffee is then placed in a fermentation tank for 36 hours. The coffee is then washed using fresh water from surrounding streams, graded by density, and washed again. This processing occurs at each farm's micro mill with the majority of the farming, picking, and processing being completed by the farmers and their families.
Drying: The drying phase of coffee is absolutely crucial and so special beds are constructed with hammock-style plastic sheets with adjustable walls for control of airflow and temperature.
Awards: Buesaco is one of Colombia's most highly revered coffee regions with many coffees grown here consistently performing well at Colombia's cup of excellence competitions.