Incredibly High-Altitude Coffee The highest-grown Colombian coffee is cultivated in Nariño, a small region bordering Ecuador and the Pacific Ocean. Coffee from these slopes is well-balanced with high acidity, medium body and a lingering citric sweetness. Download Fact Sheet
Over 10% of all the species on earth live in Colombia—including 10% of the world’s mammal species. The country is one of the world's 17 "megadiverse countries" and is the most biodiverse per square kilometer. It also has the most number of species not found anywhere else on the planet.
The Right Latitude Because it is just one degree north of the Equator, coffee can be cultivated at extreme altitudes (up to 2,300 meters ASL) in Nariño. Steady year-round sunlight, variation between day and nighttime temperatures, and rich volcanic soils converge to make this a place where lively, deeply sweet coffees can be grown.
Family Run Farms Farms in Nariño are the smallest in Colombia, on average less than one hectare each. Because farmers have such small pieces of land, growers are highly dependent on income from coffee cultivation, and are intensely dedicated to improving quality and yields. The production of specialty coffee in Nariño is an artisanal process led by the coffee grower, their family, and other members of the community with whom they share the work.
Extreme Conditions The terrain in Nariño is incredibly challenging to navigate—farmers have to maneuver through rocky, steep, switchback paths just to reach their coffee trees. During harvest, the challenge is doubled—carrying ripe cherries back down the mountain is even more difficult.

Once they've gathered the cherries, they de-pulp and ferment them. After fermentation is complete, coffee is washed and the clean beans are usually dried on raised parabolic beds.

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Supporting Growers Every Day
For years, local growers have received technical support from our Farmer Support Organization (FSO), which is focused on teaching good agricultural practices and farm management. We also have helped with building schools and healthcare centers, providing housing infrastructure, kitchens, toilets, wet milling facilities, and more.
Borrowed Hands Make Lighter Work
Nariño growers have strong traditions that likely resulted from the natural barriers that the mountains created, isolating them from the rest of the country. Because of their isolation, the region became very independent and community focused. Members of the community all work together, under a model known as "borrowed hands" to accomplish difficult tasks together.
Café Galeras Nariño Produced at incredible altitudes in the acidic ashes of ancient volcanoes, this cup offers a delicious caramel, cocoa sweetness, with a creamy long-lasting aftertaste.
  • Flavor Stone fruit, bittersweet chocolate, almond, citrus
  • Body Clean
  • Acidity Bright
  • 1 - Fragrance/Aroma
  • 2 - Flavor
  • 3 - Acidity
  • 4 - Balance
  • 5 - Body
  • 6 - Aftertaste
  • 7 - Overall
  • Cupping Score: 85+
  • Quality: Colombia Excelso Nariño, European Preparation
  • Producer: Carefully selected farms from the Nariño community
  • Variety: Castillo/Colombia (46,3%) Caturra (53.7%)
  • Processing: fully washed, fully sun dried
  • Altitude: 1,700 to 2,200 meters ASL
  • Harvest: April to August
  • Packing: 65lb box  What’s this?
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