About the Bean
Nariño is the southwestern-most department in Colombia along the border with Ecuador, with one of its main boundaries being the Pacific Ocean. The climate here is unusual even in a place as geographically diverse as Colombia: dry, rugged terrain and dramatic slopes and valleys create conditions that boost the big, sparkling, and juicy quality of the coffees. Warm, humid air collects in the lowlands during the day and creeps up the mountainside at night, which allows coffee to thrive much higher than commonly thought possible, all the way up to 2,300 meters.
Within Nariño lies its bustling capital city of Pasto, and this is the hub of all of the action within the department. Pasto is actually quite chilly considering its proximity to the border. With average day-time highs between 15-18C, Pasto is a unique destination within Colombia due to its altitude of 2527m above sea level. Pasto is a very dense city, rich with all sorts of places to explore such as the town square and the seemingly endless amounts of empanada and tamale carts.
Coffee from Nariño is outstanding. The flavours are very fruity, juicy and bright and this is a testament to the efforts of farmers from the region to process their coffee expertly. Nariño has a rich history of coffee growing, and these farmers know exactly what they are doing.
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