This coffee was produced by indigenous growers in Aponte, an indigenous reserve in El Tablon de Gomez inhabited by members of the Inga ethnic group. They speak their own language called Inga Kichwa, and have their own politics and rules. They also have historical links to the Incas.
Growers in Aponte typically have small farms, the average size between 0.5 to 1.5 hectares. Production is low, but the growers have mastered the art of producing coffees using the Honey processing method and coffee from the area has gained quite a reputation amongst specialty coffee buyers and roasters.
Cherries for this microlot were picked following a strict ripeness criteria. After picking, cherries were pulped and exposed to 35 hours of dry fermentation before being dried on raised beds for 11 days to reach 10% moisture content. The result is a coffee with tropical characters of grapefruit, stone fruits and caramel. Enjoy!
Producers: Smallholder producers
Co-op: La Cooperative de Cefes Especiales de Nariño
Locality: Aponte (Indigenous Reserve)
Elevation: 1,700 – 2,100 masl
Cupping notes: Grapefruit, stone fruits, caramel