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A Terroir of Champions Buesaco, Nariño, is well on its way to earning grand cru status in Colombian coffee. Over the last decade, it has emerged as one of the most popular sources of extreme quality in the country. Thanks to its dominance in the national Cup of Excellence quality competitions and word-of-mouth among exporters and buyers, it has surged into prominence and developed a reputation as one of the best places to look for bright, complex coffees. The unique microclimate there provides specific advantages to farmers. One of the southernmost coffee regions in Colombia, it sits just above the equator and the combination of high altitude—many farms there, including this one, are situated at elevations above 2000 meters–with intense sun, volcanic soils, and cool Pacific winds provides a near ideal terroir for producing dense, highly flavorful coffees. A Remarkable Coffee Family The López family has played a major role in Buesaco’s ascendency as a coffee hotspot. José Franco Héctor López, of La Mina fame has won more awards in national competitions than any other producer in Colombia. His daughter Cielo and her husband Nilson are activists in the community and have spent much of the last decade helping other producers in Buesaco adopt cutting-edge quality practices to increase the value of their coffees. Cielo leads a group of small-scale growers in the municipality and helps them get their coffees to market, while Nilson manages San Antonio and spends much of his time mentoring farmers in the area while advocating for them politically. Together they operate a small coffeeshop in town to showcase coffee’s quality potential and cultivate an understanding of coffee as beverage with exciting culinary appeal.

Papaya

Vegetal/Earthy/Herb

Mango

Type

Single Origin

Origin

Buesaco, Narino, Colombia

Species

Arabica

Varieties

L1 (Lugmapata 1)

Process

Washed

Altitude

1950-2000m

Producer

Nilson LĂłpez

Farm

Finca San Antonio

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