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Colombia Nariño Organic - El Bombo

Bright, sweet lemonade, cherry cobbler, rhubarb
$4.72 / lb $728.40 / bag
TOP LOT
Bag Weight 70 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2021/22
Status Spot
Lot Number P609032-2
  • 107 Bag(s)
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About This Coffee

The district of Narino in southern Colombia sits on the border with Ecuador and is home to the volcanos Dona Huana and Galeras. The rich soiled highlands between these two volcanos are home to many small coffee farms, 125 having joined the El Bombo coffee cooperative.  Founded in nearby Huila in 2016, El Bombo seeks to help farmers improve their agronomics and processed while gaining direct access to markets. Farmers within El Bombo are known for their vast experience with growing coffee under organic conditions.  

Country of Origin Colombia
Harvest Season 2021/22
Coffee Grade COL CA WA EXCO EP10
Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
Plant Species Arabica
Processing Washed
Variety Castillo, Caturra, Colombia
Region Buesaco, Arboleda, & Berruecos
Co-Op El Bombo
Farm Name 125 smallholder farmers
Growing Altitude >1600m
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 Buesaco, Arboleda, & Berruecos
  • Farm Name 125 smallholder farmers
  • Processing Washed
  • Processing Description Fermented 24 hours, solar parabolic drying for 12-16 days
  • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Certifications Organic certified
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Castillo, Caturra, Colombia
  • Coffee Grade COL CA WA EXCO EP10
  • Growing Altitude >1600m
  • Screen Size 90% over screen 16
  • Ctrm Region Huila
  • Country of Origin Colombia
  • Warehouse Continental NJ
  • Co-Op El Bombo
  • On Sale No
  • Top Lot Yes
  • CTRM Contract Number P609032-2

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