Colombia

Quitupamba

This community lot from the farmers of CO-OP Especiales in Buesaco, Nariño shows notes of warm spice, praline and pear. Warm and comforting, Quitupamba is sure to be a crowd pleasing coffee.

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Quitupamba Community Lot

Specs

Producer     CO-OP Especiales

Region         Quitupamba, Buesaco, Nariño

Varieties       Caturra and V. Colombia

Process         Washed

Altitude       2200 masl

Importer     Apex

Story

Quitupamba

This community lot is made up of selections our importing partner Apex has chosen from several farms surrounding the town of Buesaco to blend together to create a larger and more manageable lot size. The farmers included in this blend are under the CO-OP Especiales, a well-known CO-OP in Buesaco that focuses on bringing small farmers together to focus on growing 100% specialty coffee. Many young producers in Quitupamba have settled down in this area due to its favourable microclimate for coffee production as well as affordable living conditions. The result of the hard work and continuous efforts these farmers have put into their crop can be seen in this year’s clean, and crisp cup profile.

Nariño

Nariño is characterized by steep slopes, and extremely high altitudes as well as a unique climate. Warm, humid air makes its way up from the valleys during the evening hours, allowing for coffee to be grown at higher altitudes than in the rest of Colombia, without risk of frost. The volcanic soil is rich in nutrients and is well-drained.

Caturra and Colombia

A natural mutation of Bourbon, originally discovered in Brazil in the early 20th century; Caturra derives its name from the Guarani word for “small,” a reference to its diminutive stature that results from a single-gene mutation causing dwarfism.

It was this small size- allowing for more trees to be planted closer together- that led to mass selections of Caturra being made by the Instituto Agronomico (IAC) of Sao Paulo State in Campinas in the 1930’s. Caturra then made its way to Guatemala during the 1940’s and then was widely adopted in the 1970’s by the rest of Central America, where it is now one of the most economically important varieties.

At high altitudes Caturra has strong quality and yield potential but unfortunately, is quite susceptible to disease.

This led to efforts by the Colombian coffee research institute, Cenicafé, to cross Caturra with Timor Hybrids to generate rust resistance. The result vas Variedad Colombia, which was largely successful for a time, and the new variety remains popular despite leaf-rust mutations overtaking its resistance.

Washed

Cherries were handpicked, and sorted for ripeness. The coffee was fermented in-cherry for 24 hours, de-pulped and then fermented for an additional 48 hours without the pulp. After washing, the coffee is dried for 12-15 days, depending on the weather.  



Transparency

Importer

Apex

Farmgate Pricing

1,600,000 COP per carga (125kg)

FOB Pricing

What's this?

FOB: "Freight on board," usually the price paid to the coffee exporter for coffee ready to ship. This includes price paid to the producer as well as milling, warehousing and transportation costs plus any intermediaries' fees and export costs.

Farmgate: the price paid by the exporter or other buyer to the producer or producer organization.

3.80 USD per lb

Lot Size

Total lot size 2,700kg. Subtext purchased 210kg.

Quality

Subtext cupping score of 86

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