From Nariño, Colombia...

One of our final releases from Nariño this season, Amparo Botina's coffee is among our favourite Colombian coffees of the year. In the cup, we find deep panela-like sweetness and vibrant notes of red currant and apricot.

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Amparo Botina

Specs

Producer     Amparo Botina

Farm             El Encinal

Region         Pasto, Nariño, Colombia

Varieties       Caturra & Castillo

Process       Washed

Altitude       1920 masl

Importer     Apex

Story

Amparo Botina

Wife, mother, grandmother and coffee farmer... that is Amparo Botina. Her farm sits in a valley with the Los Arrayanes river at the bottom. Our importing partner Apex has been working with Amparo since 2016 and the premium she's received from them has allowed her to install a covered raised bed system for drying her coffee. The flavour intensity and shelf life of her coffees have dramatically improved as a result.

As one of our final Colombian offerings of the season we couldn't be happier to feature Amparo's coffee. When we cupped the sample from Apex we weren't actually looking for anymore Colombian coffee but as soon as we tasted it, we knew we had to bring it in. The depth of sweetness and exceptionally articulate tasting notes of Amparo's coffee blew us away.

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 & Castillo

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.

 

More

Caturra's susceptibilty to rust 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, remains popular despite leaf-rust mutations overtaking its resistance.

Cenicafé continued the breeding process of Caturra and Timor Hybrid varieties to produce even better resistance to leaf rust. Ultimately this resulted in Castillo, which also benefits from high yields and good cup quality, making it the predominant variety grown in Colombia today. The name Castillo actually refers to a number of different forms of the variety, each tailored to a different regional climate in Colombia. This diversity has helped facilitate continued rust resistance.

Washed

Fully washed, de-pulped and then fermented for 16-20 hours followed by 12 days of drying on covered raised beds.

Transparency

Importer

Apex

Farmgate 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.

2,500,000 COP per carge (125kg of parchment) -approximately 4.32 USD per kg

FOB Pricing

4.96 USD per lb

Lot Size

Total lot size 360kg. Subtext purchased 72kg

Relationship Length

Apex has been working with Amparo since 2016, this is the first year we've purchased her coffee.

Quality

Subtext cupping score of 87.5