All the growers to deliver coffee to this very special community lot are members of the Inga indigenous community in the small village of Aponte deep in the mountains of Narino. The small producers here began processing honey coffees looking for better prices about four years ago.
Typically the producers make half of their crop honey and half fully washed since honey processed coffees require more space and time to dry. During the peak of harvest they must fully wash coffees in order to keep up with their farms production.
Tropical Fruit, Floral, Juicy
The intense flavors of this coffee are largely impacted by perfect cherry selection, good processing and ideal weather conditions for specialty coffee production. The Aponte village deep in the Juanambu canyon, is gifted with clearly defined wet and dry seasons which make it ideal for the production of honey coffees.
These coffees are honey processed and dried with 100% mucilage intact on raised beds under plastic canopies. Heavy winds helps to ensure even drying in 20-45 days.
The Aponte village is located far into the Juanambu canyon in Narino. The coffees here are produced by the Inga, the indigenous community that made up the northernmost part of the Inca Empire. The Inga colonized the southern part of Colombia late in the 14th century a bit prior to the arrival of the Spanish.
Land and farms for that matter are communal and the town is governed by a "cabildo", or a group of elders who make sure that the communities ancestral laws and traditions are upheld.