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Buesaco Nariño

This particular coffee comes from the small town of Buesaco in the Juanambú Canyon, a rich and lush Andean Valley. Our exporting partner in Colombia, Pergamino, traveled here in 2015 and found the area breathtakingly beautiful. Buesaco is an agricultural hub in Nariño and was one of the areas at the centre of many battles during the fight for independence. There are still remnants from these battles, such as an old bridge at the bottom of the canyon where an important battle was fought. Sadly, even up to the late 1990s, Buesaco was known for illegal drug activity and crime. Coffee has helped recover the area and brought in a safer form of income for a collection of producers.

  • Farm Buesaco Nariño
  • Varietal Castillo, Caturra, Colombia
  • Process Fully washed
  • Altitude 2,050 meters above sea level
  • Town / City Buesaco
  • Region Nariño
  • Owner 50 smallholder producers
  • Farm Size 1 hectare on average
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Buesaco Nariño

Some producers in this region have only been growing coffee for 8 – 10 years, peace allowing them to leave the drug industry behind to pursue agriculture and coffee production. Buesaco is a great example of how coffee can be restorative and bring about positive change in a struggling community. Pergamino knew this area would be rich with excellent coffee thanks to the dedicated producers, high altitudes, and nutritious soil.

Pergamino began their work here with an organization, allowing them to create relationships with producers throughout the region. After eight years, Pergamino have created a network of over 150 producers, establishing their specialty project and teaching producers how to improve quality.

About Colombia

Colombia is the third largest coffee-producing country in the world, and thanks to its vast array of unique microclimate, are able to have harvests throughout the year.

Commercial coffee cultivation began in the mid-1830s and spread so rapidly that throughout the twentieth century coffee already became the country’s leading export. A mountainous topography and many tropical micro-climates contribute greatly to Colombia’s reputation for ideal growing conditions, which – in turn – have helped Colombia establish itself as a recognisable origin around the world.

The diversity of coffee and profiles found across Colombia is enormous and coffee is harvested practically year-round depending on the region. The main harvest takes place from October to February with November and December being the peak months. There is also a second fly (or ‘mitaca’) crop several months later, again varying by region and microclimate.