Colombia

Fabian Urbano

Another stunning, high-altitude lot from Narino, Colombia. This honey processed Caturra comes from Fabian and Adriana's farm in Aponte Village. In the cup we find notes of field strawberry, guava and floral honey.

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Fabian Urbano

Specs

Producer     Fabian Urbano

Farm           El Yunguillo

Region         Aponte, Nariño

Varieties     Caturra

Process       Honey

Altitude         2100 masl

Importer     Shared Source

Story

Fabian Urbano

This honey lot comes from Fabian Urbano’s 4 hectare farm El Yunguillo, located in the indigenous reservation of Aponte, near Buesaco- it’s a farm that his wife Adriana inherited from her mother, and together Fabian and Adriana have been producing coffee here for eight years. Many producers in Aponte are part of the Inga community, an indigenous group that was once a part of the northern Incan Empire before the arrival of the Spanish colonizers. The region’s high elevation and cool micro-climate allows cherries to ripen slowly, concentrating their sweetness. However, the town of Aponte is located almost entirely on top of a seismic fault, and it has suffered significantly. Fabian and Adriana’s home in Aponte has been damaged by earthquakes, and they’ve had to make their home in Buesaco.

Aponte, 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. Producers in Nariño tend to be small, the volcanic soil is rich in nutrients and is well-drained.

Aponte, is an indigenous town located near Buecaso in Nariño. Aponte is located directly on top of a seismic fault and as such, has suffered significantly from earthquake over the years.

Caturra

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.

Honey

Coffee is picked at peak ripeness and then left in cherry for 48 hours in a cool location, in order to start the fermentation process. Then, the coffee is de-pulped and left in an open tank with some of the mucilage in tact. Fabian knows when the mucilage has reached a desired level of fermentation when it has partially loosened from the parchment. At this point, the parchment is taken to a parabolic dryer for slow and even drying.

Transparency

Importer

Shared Source

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 to the producer or producer organization.

2,400,000 pesos per carga (125kg) - approx 4.88 USD per kg

Lot Size

Total lot size of 2,091kg. Subtext purchased 140kg.

Relationship Length

Shared Source has worked with Fabian Urbano since 2019. This is the first year Subtext has purchased Fabian's coffee.

Subtext Cupping Score

87

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