The coffees from Nariño hold a special place in our selection of Colombian coffees. It is one of the most difficult regions in Colombia to work in. This is because the region itself is situated in the southwest of Colombia, on the border to Ecuador. This has historically been a route for moving drugs out of Colombia, and there are still areas along the border that are considered very dangerous. It is considerably under-resourced compared to other coffee-growing regions in the country, and most producers here are very small with a harvest that is very spread out.
Variety: Caturra, Castillo
Origin type: Farm (3 ha)
Partner: Nordic Approach
Notes: candied fruit x pineapple x yogurt
Julio Cesar Montenegro is a larger producer for the Nariño region, with a total of 5 hectares planted in coffee across three farms in the Chachagui municipality: Casa Vieja, Roleto, and Paizara. All farms are around 1,900 meters above sea level. On this farm, Casa Vieja, he has 3ha of coffee.
Julio grows Colombia, Castillo, and Caturra varieties, and he is careful to pick only ripe cherries. Some years ago Morten visited him, and they discussed processing natural coffees, this year Julio began to produce these coffees.