Colombia Nariño Organic - Santana Project

Nice acidity, crisp strawberry, cherry, limeade
$4.53 / lb $699.08 / bag
Bag Weight 70 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2020/21
Sep 2021
SKU P608204-1
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About This Coffee

This is a washed, certified Organic coffee cultivated in the department of Nariño by 35 producers belonging to the Santana Project of the Ecoterra SAS Association. The Ecoterra SAS Association has been working in the Department of Nariño for nearly 7 years, including municipalities such as San Lorenzo, San Pedro de Cartago, La Union, Colon, Enova and Sancisa. The association's main goal is to support local smallholder producers by purchasing their coffee and improving their quality of life. The association produces varietals including Caturra, Castillo, and Colombia at an altitude varying from 1800 masl to 2100 masl. Coffees are washed, then dried in a parabolic bed between ten and fifteen days. Farm sizes vary between 1-3Ha. 

Country of Origin Colombia
Harvest Season 2020/21
Coffee Grade COL CA WA EXCO EP10
Bag Type Jute
Plant Species Arabica
Processing Washed
Cup Score 85
Variety Castilla, Caturra, Colombia
Region Nariño
Farm Name Ecoterra SAS Association
Growing Altitude 1800-2200m
Certifications Organic

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
  • Cup Score 85
  • Region Nariño
  • Farm Name Ecoterra SAS Association
  • Producer Type Single Estate
  • Processing Washed
  • Bag Type Jute
  • Certifications Organic
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Castilla, Caturra, Colombia
  • Coffee Grade COL CA WA EXCO EP10
  • Growing Altitude 1800-2200m
  • Ctrm Region Narino
  • Country of Origin Colombia
  • Warehouse The Annex
  • On Sale No
  • Top Lot No
  • CTRM Contract Number P608204-1


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