The Inga tribe of the Aponte Community are descendants of the Incas. They reside high in the mountains in the Narino region of Colombia where they produce amazing coffee. Before the mountains were declared a safe zone and coffee production began, this community was forced to grow Poppies for Heroin manufacturing.
They are now able to use their agricultural resources to grow amazing coffee!
The Aponte Community consists of many smallholder farms where farmers grow and process their own coffee. Honey processed coffee, the method in which coffee beans are dried with the fruit mucilage intact, is becoming increasingly popular in South and Central America. Not only does processing coffee this way produce very sweet and luscious coffees, it allows producers to conserve significant amounts of water.
We love Honey Processed coffees and this one is no exception, it has a light body with juicy stone fruit aromas and lots of sweetness.
You can learn more about different coffee processing methods on our blog here.
In the last decade the mountains have become a safe zone for the Inga tribe, and illegal crops were eradicated to give way to a new culture: coffee! The Caturra variety has been planted in the Inga territory, on smallholder properties in the Resguardo Inga Aponte, at an average of 2150 meters above sea level. This elevation, combined with the Galeras Volcano constantly shedding nutrient-rich ash, makes for an exceptionally complex and sweet coffee.