MUNICIPALITIES: YACUANQUER, ANCUYA, CHACHAGüÍ
ALTITUDE: 1900 – 2300 MSNM
NOTES: BERRIES AND OTHER RUDDY FRUITS, NOUGAT, NUTMEG
PRICE PAID PER CARGA: $2’175.000
WE PAY FIXED PRICES TO OUR PRODUCERS, HIGHER AND MORE STABLE THAN THE MARKET PRICE, IN ORDER TO RECOGNIZE THEIR PRODUCTION COSTS AND THE QUALITY OF THEIR COFFEE.
We continue the second edition of our colors = flavors series with the arrival of Santuario Volcánico, a sophisticated blend, whose aroma and cup profile call to mind the color purple in all its rich, sensorial associations. Sensations are stimuli perceived by the mind that interconnects the sensory pleasures our memories associate with specific colors, smells, tastes and even sounds, which in turn allow us to enjoy the world around us that much more. Our incredible Qualities Team was inspired by the varied spectrum of colors found in the rainbow as they calibrated and developed the flavor profile for the myriad coffees featured in this annual series. For this round, purple and its hues recalled notes of berries and all sorts of other ruddy fruits, as well as nougat and nutmeg.
This delicate blend, began like all good coffees do, nurtured by the volcanic soil if its origin—hence its name—and at the mercy of the careful hands of those individuals who give life to the cafeto, or coffee tree. Hailing from the department of Nariño, specifically from the municipalities of Ancuya, Chachagüí and Yacuanquer, where the allied coffee growers we source our beans from are some of Colombia’s most dedicated and passionate when it comes to the cultivation and care this prized crop. The Castillo variety plantings where these coffees grew sit between 1,900 and 2,300 m.a.s.l. For us, purple evokes a certain spiritual tranquility, and we think there is no better origin for this theme than these three municipalities. The landscapes and microclimates of central Nariño create ideal conditions for Santuario Volcánico’s mystical cup profile.
Many coffee-growing families from these three regions were involved in the development and betterment of the quality in cup. The pickers, who meticulously carry out their hand-selection of the cherry, while navigating the steep and precarious hillsides on which these coffees grow, are an indispensable part of the process. For this blend specifically, the pickers were even more challenged to carefully select only the ripest fruit; the cherry that was at its optimal level of maturity, which in these high altitude-lower temperature areas, tends to ripen slowly, gradually taking on an almost-purple hue. Once the coffee is selected, the post-collection process begins as the coffee is fermented for 36 to 40 hours with the objective of accentuating the flavor notes reminiscent of red grapes and blackberries.
The tremendous dedication and effort behind this singular cup of coffee (not to mention its balanced and delicate profile) is more than reason enough not to miss out on this sensorial experience called Santuario Volcánico. Come celebrate Nariño’s best coffees with us.