Colombia has excellent growing conditions! Being traditionally grown Arabica beans and its unique geography, Colombian coffee is perfectly suited for producing a delicious, high quality brew.
Bisected by the Andes Mountains, which splits into three parallel Cordilleras (mountain ranges) as they run south to north, much of the nation’s coffee is grown. The small nation contains two of South America’s five ‘biodiversity hotspots’. The Tumbes-Choco hotspot occupies Colombia’s entire coast, while the Tropical Andes hotspot covers nearly all its mountain ranges.
The town of San Agustín, Huila, lies right on the banks of the Los Naranjos River, just under 300km south of the city of Cali. Here lies the focal point of where the two mountain ranges converge and to the west is a large biosphere known as the Cueva de Los Guácharos. Those who live in San Agustín believe that the large tracts of preserved forest protect them from violent weather and provide a peaceful place to live and farm. In this lush land, full of butterflies and enormous flowers, their small, beautiful coffee farms dot the riverbanks and the high mountainsides with an average temperature of 65°F all year-round and fertile soil that also contains a variety of rich mineral resources.
In Los Naranjos, Huila, some of the local farmers joined together and gained access to the elusive ‘speciality coffee market’. Since 2001, it is now a cooperative of 97 small-hold farmers who produce a total of around 2000 bags of coffee per year. Each farm is an average of 1.5 hectares in size and coffee plants are grown on a plateau ranging in high elevation. Coffee beans are all fully washed, patio sun-dried and hand sorted to ensure the highest quality beans - all done on-site at their farms.