The town of Buesaco lies on a ridge high in the Andes mountains of the Nariño department. The Cooperativa Cafes Especiales de Nariño has its offices, cupping lab, and warehouses there, where the coop collects coffees from smallholders whose farms are tucked in the slopes surrounding the town.
The coop cups coffees throughout delivery to build lots that are uniform and consistent in bean size and cup profile. The Buesaco Cherry lot is juicy, clean, and floral, named for its fruit-forward cup profile, created by allowing the coffee to rest longer in cherry either on the tree or after being harvested. Producers fully wash the coffee on their respective properties and deliver the coffee in parchment. Coop Cafes Especiales de Nariño has a regional reputation for quality and for compensating producers according to it.
The coop employs and trains many of Buesaco’s young adults in its facilities, providing and meaningful source of local employment and on-the-job education.
Nariño is one of Colombia’s 32 Departments. It shares a southern border with Ecuador and is home to thousands of smallholder coffee producing families. Colombia’s three ranges of Andean mountains converge in Nariño, presenting ideal altitudes and fertile soil for high grown Arabica production.
Nariño’s particular geography and proximity to coastal and land borders have historically transformed it into a corridor for illicit trade routes, resulting in unwarranted violence against residents of remote mountain farms. Today, thanks to the particularly resilient and fearless spirit of Nariño’s farmers, the small region is a respected nucleus of coffee innovation.