The Inga Aponte is an indigenous community that for many years was forced by armed guerrilla groups to cultivate coca fields in its territory. Eventually the illegal groups were dispelled by state forces but that eroded the community’s main income source and pushed it to look for economic alternatives. The governor of this ethnic group started promoting coffee production among community members and despite serious difficulties (mainly due to low income from coffee crops) they have stuck to the Caturra coffee varietal characterized by sweetness and transparency of flavors found in remarkable Colombian coffees. This strictly high-grown 100% Caturra coffee has a lot of potential to develop in the future and is a clear example of the positive impact that coffee may bring to rural areas in Colombia.

The soils in the Nariño Coffee Region are made up mainly of volcanic ash. The geographical location of Nariño, its wind patterns and deep valleys influence the average temperatures and thermal range that the coffee trees are subjected to, which are relatively lower than those in most other parts of the Colombian coffee producing areas. As is the case with grapes and wine, low temperatures cause longer periods of development and ripening of the coffee cherry. These unique conditions lead to higher sugar content which favors the sweet flavor of the drink when the beans are roasted.

Process: Careful selection of ripe cherries
36 hours fermentation of cherries
Sun-dried on parabolic dryers and/or patios
Beans are moved every 30-45 minutes during drying
Samples cupped from every 40 to 80 kilos produced

Coffee Colombia Inga Aponte Honey
Producer Smallholder farmers
Farm Inga Aponte
Variety Caturra
Process Red Honey
Altitude 2150 m
Region Nariño, Tablón de Gómez
Country Colombia
Harvest 2018 / 2019

Cupping Notes

Raspberry, Cream Caramel, Rose Jam, Mulberry