Our Colombia Excelso Popayán is produced by a collective of small growers located immediately outside the Cauca Department’s capital city of Popayán. The region lies on a plateau in the Southwestern portion of Colombia between the Andes to the west and the volcanically active Central Cordilleras to the east. Popayán itself rests at an elevation of roughly 5,700 ft, where its mild tropical climate provides just the right amount of heat, humidity and rainfall to make it a perfect location for cultivating coffee, sugarcane and a number of other cash crops. These conditions combined with a wide availability of volcanic soil enable coffee farmers to produce year round, delivering a main crop and a mitaca or a mid-season second crop.
To the west, the Andes separate Popayán from the Pacific and to the east another mountain range known as the Central Cordilleras separates it from the Huila Department, well known known for its coffee production. Within the Cordilleras are a number of both active and inactive volcanoes, including one called Puracé which is the region’s most active and is located only 44 miles southeast of Popayán. The majestic, snow capped Puracé Peak which last erupted in 1950, reaches an incredible height of 15,600 ft and is a defining feature of the Popayán skyline.
Founded in 1537 by the Spaniard Belacázar, the city of Popayán is well known for its picturesque, colonial-era facades, its universities and its broad lineage of Colombian presidents. In colonial times, the city was an important trading point for gold and other highly valued commodities. Popayán is one of 38 municipalities in Cauca, where these days the economy is heavily driven by agriculture and the raising of livestock.
|Variety:||Typica, Bourbon, Caturra|
|Altitude:||5,700 ft (1700m)|
|Coffee Grading:||Excelso EP|
|Harvest:||Oct - Dec (main), April - June (mid-crop)|