Colombia Finca Angosturas
Having lost her husband to illness 20 years ago, Producer Doña Amparo is a woman of spirit. Not only has she managed to bring up and support five children as a single parent, but she also produces some of the best coffee in the region. Today, two of Doña’s children are now supporting her, assisting with the day to day management of the farm.
Doña and his family live in the Municipality of San Pedro de Cartago, part of the state of Nariño. Known for its rich history, stunning landscapes and exceptional national park, Nariño is located in the southwest of Colombia; just above the equator and on the border with Ecuador. The mountainous region has excellent conditions both in terms of humidity and temperature to keep coffee in parchment for ongoing export shipments, preventing early signs of ageing. Coffee in the region is grown at altitudes that reach 2,200 metres, some of the highest elevations at which coffee is grown in the world. The high altitude of cultivation allows for the slow development of the coffee bean, which gives the cup profile of Nariño its unique characteristics.
Doña has produced this lot using the washed method. After the red and ripe cherries are picked, they are pulped by passing them through a pulper, before being fermented for 24 hours. It is very common in the region for individual farm to pulp and ferment their own cherry, rather than transporting their produce to a centralised hub to be processed. Some producers in the region will add several layers of wet parchment over the course of a few days, which is thought to add complexity to the fermentation process and final cup profile. Finally, once fermented, the coffee is removed and placed on raised parabolic beds to dry, until moisture reaches below 12%.
Nariño is blessed with some of the best drying conditions in the country due to the micro-climate and high altitude of the region, providing lower relative humidity, more wind and more sunny days than other areas of the country. This is something Doña Amparo greatly benefits from, as Finca Angosturas is located higher in altitude than most farms in this region. Finca Angosturas makes for a breathtaking visit, surrounded by natural forests and incredible wildlife.