OUR COFFEE 

Reserva Volcánica Galeras 2.200 Nariño 

 Buesaco - Colombian Coffee. 

 

The story begins in the high mountains of Nariño Colombia, 4.276 meter over the pacific ocean. Here, bordering the equatorial line lies the most active volcano in Colombia. Volcan Galeras. The Spanish conquistadors, who arrived at this region in the beginning of the XVI century named it these way because the silhouette at the top of the Volcano resembled the galleys, ( Galeras ) a type of ship used by the Spaniards that was propelled mainly by rowing. 

The first Historical eruption was recorded on December 7, 1580 but has been active for at least a million years. Activity at low levels has continued at Galeras, constantly dusting nearby villages with ash. The capital of Nariño, San Juan de Pasto is located on the eastern slope of Galeras and its geology is a bi product of centuries of geomaterial deposits.

 

 

Coffee can be grown on lots of soils but the ideal type are fertile volcanic soils also known as Andisols. What makes this territory so fertile is how young or immature the soils are as they still retain many of the elements that were present during the formation of the rock.

25 km from the capital we find the province of Buesaco. A small community at 2.200 msnm formed by 25.700 people that acquired their name from the "Buisacos" an ethnical group that resided in this territory at the time the Spanish conquistadores landed. 

 

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What makes this coffee...

so special?

 
 
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 What makes this coffee so special is the altitude and the temperatures the coffee is exposed to during day and night. The warm winds from the Pacific Ocean cross the valley and prevents the plants from freezing. Due to the  drastic change in temperature, the coffee plants enter survival mode and undertake a metabolic process that translates into a very characteristic flavour. Growing coffee at this altitude is only viable if you are very close to the equatorial line since it permits solar radiation all year long. 

The result is a product that holds a certain acidity and sugar level and gives the Buesaco Coffee its unique biochemestry.

Intense aroma, high acidity, sweetness and a clean cup make up for The Reserva Volcánica Galeras 2.200 Nariño.

 

 
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2.500 families grow Coffee in this territory.

Their farms don't exceed two hectares. This creates an extremely selected product were producers take personal care of the recollection, fertilisation and Horticultural endeavours. The smallholders typically produce washed coffee that undergoes fermentation for 12 - 16 hours before being dried on rooftops or African beds for 8-14 days.

 

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To download the fact sheet in pdf, please click here.