Roast Level: Light
Process: Washed; 36-hour Fermentation
Varietal: Castillo and Colombia
Roaster's Notes: Sweet notes of apple and blackcurrant fill the cup with this very special lot from Nariño, complimented by a floral rose finish and a brilliant, crisp acidity.
Producer: Jairo Rodriguez
Altitude: 2,150 masl
High above in the Andes mountains sits the town of Buesaco, within Nariño, the well-known coffee-producing region in Colombia. Nariño is one of Colombia’s 32 departments, and thanks to its rich soils and cooler climates – it is a pristine area for coffee production.
La Tormenta, the farm where this lot comes from, is situated here, and is run and owned by Jairo Rodriguez, after inheriting the land from his father. Jairo was born and raised in Buesaco with four his brother. However, due to political turmoil in the area, Jairo and his family fled to the neighbouring state in search of work and safety. He ended up in Putumayo, where he found work in the cocoa fields. Upon their return in the 2000s, the family divided the farm amongst the brothers.
Jairo soon realized that the high altitudes and nutritious soils were ideal for coffee production. He thus removed the existing crops and replanted with coffee. To his surprise, Jairo and his brothers are now responsible for some truly remarkable coffee in the Nariño region.
This coffee is carefully and evenly harvested by hand before being transported to the mill. The coffee is then washed and left to ferment for 36 hours to breakdown the exterior mucilage. Once the fermentation is complete, the coffee is dispersed on raised beds in the open sun to dry. After drying is complete, the coffee is hulled and rested prior to export.
This coffee was selected due to its high quality, by Pergamino Coffee Exporters. By working with small scale producers such as Jairo, Pergamino ensures a better price for producers, as well as highlighting the work that small coffee producers in Nariño, Colombia are doing to improve the quality of their coffee.