A new dawn of coffee purchasing began in Nariño four years ago: The Borderlands Project helped develop and separate unique coffees from communities and single growers—lots that historically would have been blended commercially and received little-to-no price premium. In turn, the farmers in Nuevo Amanecer invested in quality and sustainability improvements on their farms, and the resulting coffee is their best yet. Notes of roasted nuts, orange, and butter.
Nuevo Amanecer, which translates to "new dawn" is a fitting description for our relationship with coffee farmers in Narino, Colombia. 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.
Since the outset, we've provided feedback to farmers on their coffees and also committed to purchasing lots from the Urcunina group in La Florida. The success of these coffees and the joy we found collaborating with the Urcunina community inspired us to work with other groups in the region. This lot was produced by growers situated in the town of El Tambo, in the mountains on the Northern side of the coffee-growing region of Nariño. El Tambo is a place for hospitality: the name translates in the Quechua language to "inn," a place for travelers to rest on the journey from Pasto to Madrigal.