Colombia Nariño Machavajoy Washed


Franco Machavajoy is a 65 year old coffee grower and is very famous in the town of Matituy. His father passed on the 4 hectares farm where only Catarra trees grow. Franco lives at the farm with his wife Maria who is always assisting with the coffee during the harvest season and also with maintenance. On the farm we also find shaded plantains and guava. Harvest occurs in June and July each year. Drying is completed on raised beds for 16 days.

Nariño is a mountainous region with deep chasms and is one of Colombia’s 32 departments to share its southern border with Ecuador. Being home to thousands of smallholder coffee producing families, the soil is volcanic, high in acidity and rich in nutrients. The volcanoes are active and the terrain is very precipitous. Nariño’s cold temperatures enables the coffee to grow slow and generates additional sugars that lead to an elegant coffee. These are profound in the flavor development during roasting. Today, the region is highly respected for its coffee dedicated producers, quality and innovation.

As in other parts of Nariño, work in the country side is very demanding due to technological underdevelopment. Roads are not fully paved. This makes life and mobilization in the country side very difficult. Transport rates are more expensive than in other regions of Colombia. Coffee growers have to move their own coffee from the farm to the cooperative for sorting and washing. The majority don’t have motorized transport and every single kilo must be moved by wheelbarrow.

Nariño is an area that has been hit by violence and drug trafficking for many years. Jobs are traditionally only available for men. Because of this situation, in time of milling and green bean selection, we work only with women from the country side. This establishes job opportunities during the harvest and sorting seasons.

Due the geographical location near the Equator, the climate is characterized by fluctuating day and night temperatures. This sets the specific and appropriate conditions for growing fine coffees. It develops the high sweetness and complex acidity. This harvest and transport is arranged by our dear friend Juliana Bravo Bedoya with family and Franco.


Country    Colombia
Region    Nariño
Farm     Machavajoy
Altitude    2,050 MASL
Varietal    Caturra
Process    Washed


Aroma    Milk Chocolate, Honey
Flavor    Honey, Coconut, Red Apple
Aftertaste   Cocoa  
Acidity    Malic, Red Apple, Mid-High
Body    Juicy, Mid
Balance    Uniform


Nariño > Arendal
Remunerated: 12.50 USD/kg
Availability: 100kg (2 bags)
SCAA Score: 90.00

Recommended sales price: 25 USD/kg
(Covers transport of green coffee, customs and import, production and distribution.)

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