$18.25 | 12 oz bag
Since 2012, we've been working with producers all over Nariño, Colombia, to create a new supply chain that pays based on quality—resulting in unique lots and better coffee prices. Before, most of the Nariño coffees exported were offered as generic regional lots. Now, small communities of farmers are combining resources to market special lots while improving their farms. Coffee from Cueva de los Llanos is grown by members in the towns of Buesaco and Chachagüí. With notes of green apple, almond, and vanilla, it’s one of the most remarkable coffees we’ve tasted from all of Nariño.
We were first introduced to farmers in Nariño, Colombia, in 2012 through the Borderlands project that was initiated by Catholic Relief Services. (The Catholic Relief Services project officially closed in 2017.) Before the project, most farmers in Nariño had never met a coffee buyer or had any insight into the quality of the coffee they produce. Through this project, producers have banded together to sell their coffees to roasters and importers—creating a new business model of quality-differentiated coffee previously unseen in Nariño.
The success of these coffees has allowed us to expand our focus to more communities, and this year we worked with four different groups to bring six distinct lots to market. Thirty-five coffee producers contributed to this lot.