Colombia Nariño - Blend Ancuya

Cherry tart, Satsuma, toffee, caramel
$4.43 / lb $683.65 / bag
Bag Weight 70 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2020/21
Dec 2021
SKU P608644-1
  • 11 Bag(s)
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About This Coffee

This is an Excelso grade coffee from the Nariño department of Colombia, specifically from Ancuya, comprised of Castillo and Colombia beans from several small producers, throughout Ancuya. The cherry was grown between 1,600 and 1,900 m.a.s.l. The former variety is emblematic of Colombian coffee production, as it is the result of a research project carried out by the National Center for Coffee Research (Cenicafé) in an effort to produce a bean that is resistant to rust and other diseases that specifically attack coffee trees. Castillo, which is named after its creator, Jaime Castillo Zapata, was obtained from the natural crossing of the Caturra variety with the Timor Hybrid.

Country of Origin Colombia
Harvest Season 2020/21
Coffee Grade COL CA WA EXCO EP10
Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
Plant Species Arabica
Processing Washed
Variety Castilla, Colombia
Region Nariño
Growing Altitude 1600-1800m

History of Colombian Coffee

As with many coffee origins, it is believed that coffee was first brought to Colombia by priests, arriving, perhaps, within a decade or two after coffee first came to the Americas via the Caribbean in the first half of the 17th century. It was likely a garden crop grown for local consumption and barter for decades. Unlike other coffee regions, we have the story of a priest named Francisco Romero, who could be called the father of commercial coffee cultivation in Colombia. The folkloric tale goes that in the early 1800’s, Father Francisco, hearing confessions in the north eastern town of Salazar de la Palmas, assigned planting coffee to his parishioners as penance for their sins. The Archbishop of Colombia heard about this and ordered all priests to adopt the practice. Commercial production of coffee expanded quickly, moving into regions where the growing conditions were ideal.

Growing Coffee in Colombia

Even though it’s been 4,000 years, the soil resulting from the last major eruption of Tolima is still considered “young soil,” filled with nutrients that are no longer found at the same levels in old soil. There is a long list of elements on offer in volcanic soil that are fading or absent in other soils, such as high levels of potassium and nitrogen. Also present is something called “Boron,” which arrived from outer space a long time ago, and is important to cell walls, the creation of enzymes, and the production of flowers and fruit, meaning Boron contributes to yield. Beyond the nutrients, the structure of volcanic soil is also beneficial to coffee growing. It can soak up and hold moisture while, at the same time, facilitate good drainage so water doesn’t pool, which is not good for coffee plant roots. Coffee plants like to take a drink, then take a break. Also, volcanic soils are usually found on an incline, which also helps with drainage.

  • Status Spot
  • Region Nariño
  • Producer Type Single Estate
  • Processing Washed
  • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Castilla, Colombia
  • Coffee Grade COL CA WA EXCO EP10
  • Growing Altitude 1600-1800m
  • Screen Size 16 Up
  • Ctrm Region Narino
  • Country of Origin Colombia
  • Warehouse The Annex
  • On Sale No
  • Top Lot Yes
  • CTRM Contract Number P608644-1


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