Colombia Nariño Primavera Washed


Andres Yela Garces is a 25 year old coffee producer and lives in Pasto. Such as many coffee producers, he started in working with coffee together with his father, Angel Yela. The farm is located in La Florida and carries only Caturra trees covering 2 hectares. Harvest occurs in June and July each year. Two annual organic fertilizations are provided for the coffee trees where they are semi-shaded by banana plantain trees. The management throughout the year with fertilization, nurturing, picking and harvesting yields a high quality coffee. Drying is completed on raised beds and patio for 10-25 days.

Nariño is one of Colombia’s 32 departments and shares a 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 altitude creates opportunities for complex development of sugars and acidity which 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 Andres.


Country    Colombia
Region    Nariño
Farm     Primavera
Altitude    2,000 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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