Grower Various Smallholder Farms in the Aponte Community
Region Nariño, Colombia
Harvest April - June
Altitude 2,150 Meters Above Sea Level
Process Fully Washed
The Inga community of Aponte is comprised of descendants of the ancient, pre-Hispanic Incas. During the period of conquest, they remained isolated high in the mountains, as this beautiful habitat became their natural refuge. This secluded community did not have significant contact with the rest of Colombia until the second half of the nineteenth century. However, unfortunately in the late 20th century, contact was predominantly of criminal intent, and the Inga’s refuge became a place of cruelty. For years, the tribe was forcibly involved in poppy and heroin production under the influence of various guerrilla groups, drug traffickers, and paramilitaries. The once tranquil mountains teemed with illegal plantations and violence, in which the Ingas were coercively trapped until as recently as fifteen years ago.
In the last decade the mountains have become a safe stronghold for the Inga tribe, and illegal crops were ultimately eradicated to give rise to a new, burgeoning culture: coffee agriculture. The Caturra variety has been planted in the Inga territory, on smallholder properties in the Resguardo Inga Aponte, at an average of 2,150 meters above sea level. This elevation, combined with the Galeras Volcano constantly shedding nutrient-rich ash, makes for an exceptionally complex and sweet coffee.
Producers process coffee on their own properties, drying Honey coffee in stacked raised bed solar dryers on their farms. This process reduces water used for washing coffee and complements the natural complexity of coffees from this special region.
Pax & Beneficia is proud to continue our partnership with the beautiful Inga community of Aponte.