Colombia Nariño Rio Juanambú

Colombia Nariño Rio Juanambú

Farm Description

The Rio Juanambú is a tributary originating high up in the Cordilleras Central where several of the growing areas we are currently buying from are located. Buesaco, Taminango, Tablón de Gómez, and others, are a few of the localities where we are connecting with local coffee associations and buying coffees from their allied producers. We put this most recent Colombian container together between an origin trip at the end of the harvest and a couple rounds of offer samples that were sent to us in Oakland. This particular small producer blend is made up from the coffee of 8 different farmers, lot sizes ranging from a couple hundred kilos, to 10 full bags. We generally organize the selections from these trips by location, flavor matrix, and of course producer if there's a coffee we feel needs to shine on it's own and is large enough to where this makes sense. In this case, we felt these 8 coffees complimented each other as a whole, and the final lot came out to a sizable 50 bags, which means more people get to try it. As for the farm statistics, we visited several (a few from this blend), and most are planted in a mix of Caturra, Variedad Colombia, and you also see Typica trees peppered throughout. This area is in close proximity to the equator and it's normal to see coffee grown at very high altitudes (2000 - 2100 meters above sea level). This is a wet-processed coffee, most farmers using old style hand-cranked or small machine-ran de-pulpers, fermenting and washing in the same tank, and then drying out on raised, covered beds.

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

The dry fragrance of Juanambú has a butter toffee nut smell to it, City+ roasts offer caramel/toffee overtones, with roasted almond and black walnut smells underneath. The wet aroma of these lighter roasts is like cinnamon rolls with white icing, a smell of pastry beads cooked with brown sugar and raisin. Raw sugar sweetness dominates the brewed coffee in this lighter roast application, which is about the lightest treatment I would give this coffee. It produces a clean sweet cup, moderate body, suprisingly vibrant acidic impressions, and a light cinnamon hint accents deeper chocolate tones that come into focus in the aftertaste. This bittersweetness becomes more of a focal point at Full City roast level, a bittersweetness reaching it's apex, and layers of rich chocolatey flavors are presented. Chocolate taffy, high % cacao bar, and fine Dutch drinking cocoa come through at Full City, and this is a roast level that furnishes a dense chocolate-focused espresso shot too. A real crowd-pleasing bittersweet cup at a fairly wide range of roasts.

December 2017 Arrival



Lot Size

50 x 70 kg bags

Roast Recommendations

City+ shows surprising acidity and a balanced bittersweetness - Full City to Full City+ really ratchets up the chocolate roast tones!


Wet Process


Caturra     Typica     Variedad Colombia    

Grade & Appearance

Estate; .6 d/300gr, 15+ screen


Shipped to us in GrainPro
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Available in 50 pound GrainPro packages for $210.00 ($4.20/pound) and in 100 pound GrainPro packages for $405.00 ($4.05/pound). Note that 100 pound bags must ship freight. Also available as a 300g sample.
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Rio Juanambú from above

Driving along the coffee roads outside of Buesaco town

Colorful bags of parchment at the association in Buesaco town


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