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Colombia Narino Organic - Ecoterra

Good body, cherry, blackberry, caramel apple
$4.54 / lb $700.62 / bag
TOP LOT
Bag Weight 70 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2022/23
Status Spot
Lot Number P609323-1
  • 129 Bag(s)
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About This Coffee

The Nariño region sits on the coast of southern Colombia, just north of the border with Ecuador, where coffee grows in the shadow of the volcano Galeros. Although Galeros is an active volcano, that activity has mostly been ash and steam eruptions in recent times, contributing to the “youth” of the nutrient-rich soil. The region is beautiful but rugged and all the coffee farms are very small above 1,700 meters. This coffee comes from the smallholder members of the “Association of Coffee Producers Ecoterra.” Ecoterra is an organization with 117 producers from the municipalities of La Unión, San Pedro de Cartago, Arboleda and SanLorenzo. Their objective is to work with greater intensity in diversifying the different processes of production and processing of coffee. 

Country of Origin Colombia
Harvest Season 2022/23
Coffee Grade COL CA WA EXCO EP10
Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
Plant Species Arabica
Processing Washed
Variety Castillo, Caturra, Colombia
Region Narino
Co-Op Association of Coffee Producers Ecoterra
Farm Name Various smallholders
Growing Altitude 1850-2100m
Certifications Organic certified

History of Coffee in Colombia

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 Narino
  • Farm Name Various smallholders
  • Processing Washed
  • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Certifications Organic certified
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Castillo, Caturra, Colombia
  • Coffee Grade COL CA WA EXCO EP10
  • Growing Altitude 1850-2100m
  • Screen Size 90% over screen 16
  • Ctrm Region Narino
  • Country of Origin Colombia
  • Warehouse The Annex
  • Co-Op Association of Coffee Producers Ecoterra
  • On Sale No
  • Top Lot Yes
  • CTRM Contract Number P609323-1