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Smallholders of Pompeya: Mariana Garcia, Humbertino Ordoñez, Omaira Gaviria, Parmenidez Santa Cruz, Mariacely Anacona and Mery Chasoy.
Nariño, Tablón de Gomez, Pompeya
Blackcurrent, plum, and rhubarb
In the cup: An alluring aroma of jasmine and lemon blossom welcomes a silky body with intensely sweet blackcurrant and gently poached rhubarb.
The Producers: This lot has been grown and produced by 6 independent farmers each with just 1-hectare farms in remote Pompeya, Eastern Nariño.
Farm and Environment: In the upper reaches of the gorgeous Juanambu Canyon lies the tiny town of Pompeya, situated in an idyllic coffee goldilocks zone where the tropical climate of the Amazon mates with the crisp cool winds off the mountainous Andes.
These micro-farms sit at a jaw-dropping 2150 masl, making it some of the highest coffee grown in the world. It is typically difficult to produce coffee at such challenging altitudes but thanks to Nariño’s proximity to the equatorial line and the sharp angles created by the volcanic terrain, the perfect microclimate is created with generous sun exposure. This exceedingly high elevation causes fruit to mature more slowly which results in greater complexity and a concentrated sweetness seldom found in washed Colombian coffees.
Processing: Coffee cherries are selectively hand-picked by farmers and their families and processed at each farm’s micro beneficio (small mill) located on their properties. This coffee was de-pulped using a small pulper and placed into a fermentation tank for 48 hours before being washed with clean cold water. The drying bed is adjustable to control airflow as well as temperature and ensures the coffee is dried slowly and evenly over a period of 10-18 days.
Accessibility: There are some forty thousand coffee producers in Nariño alone, and that sounds like a lot until you realise that for this to be the case each farmer must be working a very small amount of land (averaging less than 2 hectares). Not only are they small, they are also incredibly remote. Melbourne Coffee Merchants, with their partner Pergamino, have discovered some eye-opening coffees and dedicated producers. They have pioneered the commercialisation of specialty coffee in the region and additionally support farmers with cupping feedback and top-up payments for coffees that are sold at higher premiums.
Awards: In 2010-2012 The Colombian Cup of Excellence shone a light on exceptional lots from Northern Nariño. This was a powerful message to farmers from the region and demonstrated to growers that their coffee had the potential to be sold as true specialty grade and at higher premiums. This stunning coffee from humble little Pompeya is a true representation of this paradigm shift in coffees from the region showcasing complexity, sweetness, and clarity.