Buesaco
Cafe Buesaco - 1
Cafe Buesaco - 2
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Buesaco

Colombia 333g

Triumphant as a lakeside sunset.

People

Buesaco is a small town in Nariño, Colombia. 26 farmers contributed to this lot, which we purchased through our partners, The Coffee Quest. Over the course of the pandemic, The Coffee Quest has become our key partner in Colombia, but this is the first time we have worked with them in Nariño, a region not brought to our menu since 2019. In the cup, we taste orange, macadamia nuts, and milk chocolate.

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Production detail
RegionNariño
ProcessWashed
Farm systemMany small farms
Varietal(s)Caturra, Colombia, Castillo
Reminds us ofOrange, Macadamia, Milk Chocolate
KG's purchased1400kg

Story

Buesaco is a small town perched among the Andes Mountains in Nariño, western Colombia. Twenty-six producers contributed to this lot, which we purchased through our exporting and importing partners, The Coffee Quest. Over the course of the pandemic, The Coffee Quest has become our key partner for Colombian coffees, but this is the first time we have worked with them in Nariño, a region not brought to our menu since 2019. From small farms at elevations ranging from 1,650 to 2,000 meters above sea level, this washed mixture of Caturra, Colombia, and Castillo varieties delivers a fondly familiar flavor profile of ripe, juicy oranges mixed with smooth chocolate and roasty, buttery macadamia nuts. 

Colombia’s breadth of exquisite coffees truly represents an embarrassment of riches for buyers, but Nariño remains an especially compelling region for a variety of reasons. Unlike in many other parts of the country, the overwhelming majority of Nariño’s ~40,000 coffee farmers holds fewer than two hectares, making it a challenging ascent from producing trajectory anonymous, aggregated, blend-destined offerings to named, isolated, peak-premium-earning micro-lots. With so little coffee produced per farmer, the entirety of an individual harvest needs to be of staggeringly consistent and elite quality in order to warrant the trouble of lot separation, and as more specialty buyers emphasize cup quality and this type of traceability over all else, many more producers are left behind than those whose names land on well-branded bags.

Although the physical requirements (elevation, size and density of the beans, moisture content after drying, etc.) for this coffee ensure it is consistent and delicious, it is an example of a buying practice that we tremendously value: an offering with a lower quality ceiling that allows farmers’ entire harvests to be purchased, rather than isolating only their peak quality. To meaningfully and sustainably support farmers, this is the sort of purchasing that needs to take place alongside micro lot selection. Even if a producer does not produce the equivalent of five or more bags of a stunning, “88 point micro lot,” The Coffee Quest commits to purchasing all coffees that meet their baseline physical requirements, guaranteeing a premium above the domestic market price. In addition to principled transactions, they provide detailed feedback, and work with agronomists throughout the country who assist farmers to improve both their quality and profitability, facilitating an eventual trajectory to higher premium-earning potential for many.

Though Nariño is already a relatively well known region, the quality of this blended lot is incredibly promising for how the ceiling is here. What this selection lacks in complexity it makes up for with juicy sweetness and brewing versatility, and we are thrilled to deepen our relationship in Nariño in the years to come. In the cup, we taste orange, macadamia nut, and milk chocolate.

The Coffee Quest commits to purchasing all coffees that meet their baseline physical requirements, guaranteeing a premium above the domestic market price. In addition to principled transactions, they provide detailed feedback, and work with agronomists throughout the country who assist farmers to improve both their quality and profitability, facilitating an eventual trajectory to higher premium-earning potential for many.

Cafe Buesaco - 1
Cafe Buesaco - 2

Production

Varietal(s)Caturra, Colombia, and Castillo
KG's Purchased1400kg
Processing MethodWashed
Arrived at DispatchJanuary 2022

Who it's From

ExporterThe Coffee Quest
ImporterThe Coffee Quest
ProcessedOn-farm
Farm SystemMany farms
Relationship DurationNew
Number of Contributors26

Where it's From

RegionNariño
CountryColombia
Elevation1,650 - 2,000
Sub-regionBuesaco