Farm info

Aura Eliza Nupan takes very attentive care of Finca La Estrella, her farm in the town of Buenos Aires in the municipality of La Union. The property’s Geisha trees are two years old and she carefully selects ripe cherries and begins post harvest processing by sorting out immature and over ripe cherries through removing “floaters” when the cherries are immersed in water. The next step is manually sorting cherries to ensure consistency.

Due to the farm’s humid climate, cherries dry up to two months in a parabolic dryer where the cherries are exposed to the sun during the day and moved constantly to avoid mold formation and to dry the coffee evenly. In the dryer the cherries are covered overnight to avoid the early morning dew and maintain an even moisture content.

Aura constantly observes climate conditions, as they tend to vary drastically. Aura stores Finca La Estrella’s dried cherries in a dry warehouse in jute bags for the first ten days and then lets the cherries rest until they are dry milled and placed in GrainPro. Both the coffee trees and the fruit they produce are treated with special care at Finca La Estrella. Aura has 4,700 Geisha trees planted at a density of 1.80 meters by 2 meters.

Region

Nariño

Nariño is one of Colombia’s 32 Departments. It shares a southern border with Ecuador and is home to thousands of smallholder coffee producing families. Colombia’s three ranges of Andean mountains converge in Nariño, presenting ideal altitudes and fertile soil for high grown Arabica production.

Nariño’s particular geography and proximity to coastal and land borders have historically transformed it into corridor for illicit trade routes, resulting in unwarranted violence against residents of remote mountain farms. Today, thanks to the particularly resilient and fearless spirit of Nariño’s farmers, the small region is a respected nucleus of coffee innovation.