Red apple, cherry, marmalade
This café is one of the most dear projects to the Café Pista team. Indeed, we have supported the initiative of Azahar Coffee in the community of El Naranjo since our beginnings as roasters, in 2018. Due to its strong social and cultural impact, the project behind this coffee is obvious to us, and we wanted to come back to it, year after year.
This coffee comes from the municipality of Yacuanquer, in the department of Nariño in southern Colombia. The Nariño region, bordered on one side by the Pacific Ocean and on the other by the Andes, is renowned for these exceptional coffees, grown for several generations on volcanic soil very rich in minerals. It is there that Azahar Coffee, a coffee export company particularly invested in supporting producers, decided to launch its program. Proyeto Recolectores, in 2018. This program, which means “Pickers Project” in Spanish, aims to promote and consolidate the know-how of coffee pickers. This profession, which is not often honoured, is nevertheless a key element in the coffee production chain. Indeed, the know-how and dedication of the pickers are essential in the success of each harvest. The precision and knowledge required to harvest only the ripe cherries on the coffee trees are decisive in ensuring a production of superior quality, thus guaranteeing a higher purchase price and better incomes for producers.Unfortunately, a constant financial and social devaluation of this trade pushes back the younger generations, preventing the transmission of know-how. intense training and apprenticeship program, associated with a remuneration reaching double the local standards, the company Azahar Coffee, through the Proyeto Recolectores intends to reverse the situation and revalue this profession. Moreover, this project is an immense source of pride and unity for the entire community of El Naranjo, and we can only be proud and humbled to be able to participate in it for several years now.
Producers who participated in the program Proyeto Recolectores in 2020 are: Don Macario Paz, Nelson Chaves Burbano, Ancizar Santacruz Lasso, José Luis Tejada Nandar, José Emilio Burbano Yaluzan, Luis Artemio Daza Andrade, Luis Estrada Carlosama, Doña Lilia del Socorro Diaz and Carlos Alfredo Burbano Chavez.
Grown at an altitude of around 1900 meters, this coffee is made from the Caturra and Castillo varieties. It is picked when fully ripe and sorted by flotation first, then by hand, in order to remove the cherries that are too ripe or not ripe enough. It is then mechanically depulped then passed under a stream of water to remove the remaining mucilage, before being dry-fermented for 18 to 30 hours. Finally, it is stretched out on raised beds for 18 days for slow, even drying. Round and sweet, it is perfect espresso or filter.
This round and sweet coffee develops aromas of red apple and cherry, on a texture reminiscent of marmalade.
Original price paid (FOB)
vs. C-Market at $2.24/lb
Purchase at source