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Urrao Regional Blend

Urrao is now prominently agricultural land, providing vegetables for Medellín. The fertile lands and high altitudes make this an ideal area to also grow coffee and lately, avocados. There is also the well-known Paramo del So in Urrao, a protected highland ecosystem in Antioquia.

  • Farm Urrao Regional Blend
  • Varietal Caturra, Colombia
  • Process Fully washed
  • Altitude 2,050 meters above sea level
  • Town / City Urrao
  • Region Antioquia
  • Owner 20 smallholder producers
  • Tasting Notes Floral, orange, persimmon, black tea, honey, peach, and passionfruit.
  • Farm Size Less than 1 hectare on average
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Urrao Regional Blend

Our exporting partner in Colombia, Pergamino, have been working in Urrao since 2014, actually being one of the first areas in their Producers Allied project. Pergamino first established this connection after a coffee from Antioquia made it to the top ten of the Cup of Excellence competition for the first time in history. The coffee came from Don José Arcadio Caro and his wife, Doña Marbe Luz, and Pergamino successfully purchased the lot with assistance from Mercanta. Pergamino thus initiated their presence in the region, learning more about the local coffee variety, Chiroso, and the climates of Urrao.

In November of 2023, Pergamino opened their direct buying facility in Urrao, where producers bring their coffee after processing. They also offer trainings to producers for assistance with post-harvest processes.

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.