Las Galeras, Nariño

Country: Colombia
Region/Town: Nariño, surrounding the Galeras Valcano: La Florida, Sandona, Consaca. 
Farm: Various farmers from Nariño Dept.
Owner: Various small holder farmers
Processing: Fully washed and dried on patios
Altitude: 1,700 - 2,200 metres above sea level
Varietal: Caturra, Castillo & Colombia.

Flavour: Aromatic and sweet with notes of honey and cranberry with a hint of cocoa, full body and bright acidity with a pleasant aftertaste.

The Department of Nariño is located in the southwest of Colombia, just above the equator and on the border with Ecuador. The region is strikingly mountainous and boasts no fewer than five volcanoes, one of which is the Galeras with 4,276 metres.

The regions of La Florida, Sandona and Consaca sit on the north and western side of the volcano. Coffee is grown at altitudes that reach 2,200 metres, some of the highest at which coffee is grown in the world. The high altitude of cultivation allows for a slow, development of the coffee bean, which gives the cup profile of Nariño its unique characteristics.
Producers in this region are overwhelmingly small-holders, who manage their own self-sufficient wet-mills and patios (open or covered) for drying. Every family does their own harvesting - usually with the help of neighbours.

After the red and ripe cherries are picked, they are pulped by passing them through a manual pulper at the family farm (usually located close to the main house). The waste from this process will be used later as a natural fertilizer for the coffee trees. Depending on the conditions fermentation can range between 12 up to 48 hours. Some producers will add several layers of wet parchment over the course of a few days, which is thought to add complexity to the fermentation process and final cup profile. 
Las Galeras is very delicious in Filter method, AeroPress, Cafetiere and Chemex.