Situated in southeast Colombia on the border with Ecuador, the denomination of Nariño is known for producing some of the best coffee in the world. The Andes mountain range, which begins in southern Chile and Argentina, enters Colombia through Nariño and crosses the country from south to north. The wild, tropical Pacific coast of Nariño is separated from the Amazon basin by the tall Andes.
With mountainous growing regions as high as 2500 MASL and such a close proximity to the equator, Nariño is uniquely suited to grow top quality arabica. The low canyons cutting through the Andes trap heat that rises at night, stabilizing the temperature at higher altitudes, keeping the temperatures through the growing season between 60ºF and 80ºF, and the latitude offers a practically constant amount of sunlight through the year. These factors, along with lush soil from the Cordillera Occidental volcanoes, yield coffees with vibrant acidity, dense sweetness, medium body, and pronounced aromatics.
In this coffee, look for flavors of chocolate covered cherries, toffee, almond, and a rich body.