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Sump Coffee

Colombia, El Naranjo // 12 oz.

$18.00

Sump Coffee

Colombia, El Naranjo // 12 oz.

$18.00

Notes: Floral, Milk Chocolate

If I had to name my two favorite coffee growing regions in the world it would be East Africa (Ethiopia and Kenya) and the Andes Mountain range (Colombia and Ecuador, with of recent, the current crop/season Peru). This doesn’t mean that everything from these regions is amazing or that nothing else in the world can out do these regions. Maybe a better way to say it is there is an expectation (which is high) of what these regions can offer and that expectation is consistently met in my mind.

Several decades ago, probably when Colombia coffee was promoting itself using a mule and someone named “Juan Valdez” the coffee commodity market collapsed (essentially, the cost to produce a pound of coffee cost more than what a pound of coffee was selling for), forcing a number of farming families into poverty. To preserve the rich tradition of coffee growing in Colombia and quality coffee production the Colombian government stepped in to create a program to help farmers develop higher quality coffees aimed at the Specialty Coffee market. Placing coffees in the Speciality Coffee market allows the farmer the chance of generating an income that can sustain coffee farming.  The Speciality coffee market is not immune to the commodity market price, but at least permits the addition of additional price premiums on top of the commodity price so as to come closer to providing enough value (hopefully, but often times not) to the production of coffee so as not to force farmer’s and their families into poverty and/or cause them to look to other, non-coffee, agricultural crops to earn a living.

This coffee originates from El Naranjo, grown by Arnulfo Arcos in the Narino Department of Colombia within the La Union municipality. The farm is quite small, but typical for most Colombian farms in that region -consisting of 1.5 hectarces. It is grown at an elevation of 1800 m.a.s.l., a washed process with a fermentation of 17 hours. Look for soft floral notes, a mild sticky sweetness, some suggestion of milk chocolate and dark honey. Enjoy.