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- Producer Nilson Lopez
- Attributes high altitude Caturra variety
- Origin Buesaco, Nariño, Colombia
- Profile Nilson delivers a punchy cumquat marmalade acidity upfront, moving to pecan brittle, leaving a 70% dark chocolate residual
Nilson has produced outstanding coffees for many years. Working alongside his mother Etelvina Diaz, Nilson and Etelvina won the Cup of Excellence competition in Colombia in 2012. That year, they participated in a cupping competition put on by Intelligentsia, travelling to the US where they won 3rd place. After receiving great recognition for his coffee’s quality, Nilson has worked alongside friends, neighbours and family to be a leader in the community of Medina Espejo, opening up his farm and showing off his processing methods so that those interested in quality can visit to learn and share tips about processing best-practices.
As mayor of Buesaco, he’s focused on a campaign to promote the region as a destination for high-quality coffee, focusing on Buesaco’s high altitudes and ideal climate for the high-quality varietals that are common on farms in the region. Nilson’s primary political platform has been one that works to promote the interests and well-being of smallholder producers. He’s working to help approximately 250 smallholder producers and has donated funds to the most vulnerable to enable investment in infrastructure such as fermentation tanks, de-pulping machines, parabolic dryers or patios.
We purchase parchment coffee directly from Nilson, and pesos are transferred straight to his bank account upon receipt of parchment at our chosen mill. We paid 1,850,000 pesos per carga (125 pounds of parchment coffee, this is the unit farmers sell their coffee in) for this coffee when we purchased it during the primary harvest in Nariño in September 2020. For context, here is a link to the daily carga market price: