Colombia is a country that needs no preface to its association to quality coffee. For years Counter Culture has purchased coffee from the Orgánica Cooperative in Cauca—the coffee we fondly know as La Golondrina—but that doesn’t mean our interest in building relationships with other high-quality producers in Colombia has been sated. One region where the potential couldn’t be greater is Nariño. Unfortunately, until very recently, the coffees grown there didn’t see the light of this side of specialty coffee’s day.
In the last few years, that’s all started to change, and, this year, we introduced our first offerings from the region—including a number of single-farmer lots.
It was my pleasure to spend some time with the people making these coffees happen: the producers, the Borderlands/CRS team, and Virmax, our exporters. If you’ve had the opportunity to taste these coffees, you know we’ve started things off with a bang. That said, our work here is just getting started. I’m excited about the potential of a long-term and sustainable relationship with the splendid producers in this region! -Katie Carguilo