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Kuichi

Nariño, Colombia

$18.00 | 12 oz bag

Since 2012, we've been working with producers all over Nariño, Colombia, to create a new business model for coffee purchasing. Historically, coffee from these farmers has been sold individually to large exporters who pay minimum market prices and blend them into large, generic lots. Now, these farmers are working with us through a new purchasing system that pays based upon quality—resulting in better coffee prices and unique, community-specific lots. The Kuichi group in the western town of Samaniego produces a sweet coffee with notes of green apple, citrus, and molasses.

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QUANTITY

Tasting Notes

Green Apple
Citrus
Molasses

Roast Level

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DARK 0 25 50 75 LIGHT 100 76

Process

Natural Sundried
Natural Sundried
Washed
Washed
Pulp Natural
Pulp Natural
Experimental
Experimental

Notes

Varieties: Caturra, Castillo, Colombia
Elevation: 1,700–1,800 meters
Harvest Time: April - July 2017
Availability: Through April 5th

Origin

Story

This coffee reflects a unique purchasing model for Counter Culture Coffee. We were first introduced to farmers in Nariño three years ago through the Borderlands project that was initiated by Catholic Relief Services (CRS). Before this project, most farmers here had never met a coffee buyer or had any insight into the quality of the coffee they produce. Through this project, producers have united to sell their coffees to roasters and importers, creating a new business model of quality-differentiated coffee previously unseen in Nariño.

We have bought from a few associations working with the project, and continue to expand our focus. In the last few years, coffees from Samaniego, located on the western side of the coffee-growing region of Nariño, have stood out on the cupping table because of their complexity. And when we were given the opportunity to purchase a unique lot of coffee from growers in this area this year we didn’t think twice.

(Co-op or farm) History
We were first introduced to farmers in Nariño in 2012 through the Borderlands project that was initiated by Catholic Relief Services and officially closed in 2017. Before this 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.

Over the years working with the project, we have continued to expand our focus. Though most of our purchasing has been in eastern Nariño, in the last few years coffees from Samaniego, located in western Nariño, have stood out on the cupping table because of their complexity. We started purchasing coffee from the Kuichi association in Samaniego in 2015.

Name
Kuichi means “rainbow” in the indigenous Quechua language and is the name these 22 farmers participating in the Borderlands project in Samaniego chose for their coffee to distinguish it from other groups in the region.