This caturra from Aponte’s smallholders is rich with yellow fruits and panela, a rare glimpse into an indigenous reserve in this region.
This was the first coffee we purchased while in Colombia visiting origin with our partners at Cofinet. We selected it for its standout qualities on the cupping table, enjoying its clean yellow fruit and honey like sweetness.
It’s the first time Cofinet have had access to this lot due to its location on an indigenous reserve, home of the Inga community. We’re fortunate to have received the first shipment of this harvest in the UK.
The Inga community of Aponte is comprised of descendants of the ancient, pre-hispanic Incas. During the period of conquest, they remained isolated high in the mountains that became their natural refuge. This community did not resume significant contact with the rest of Colombia until the second half of the nineteenth century.
Most of the coffee growers here belong to an indigenous reserve called Aponte in Nariño. There are approximately 200 coffee growers from different associations across the region.
Coffee farmers here are part of a Regional Plus program which started producing honey processed coffees in 2018. They have achieved great success with this method due to the low volume of coffee they process in this way.
Additionally, the weather conditions are perfect for processing honeys which result in complex and delicate cup profiles. This microlot is 100% Caturra. This variety originated in Minas Gerais, Brazil and is a natural mutation of Red Bourbon.