Colombia

Guiverney Narvaez (2015 Harvest)

Released February 15, 2016

Tasting notes

Honey, white peach, red apple
Medium bodied with balanced acidity

We’re back in Colombia for this delivery, from the farm El Altico near the village of Las Ventas in the hills of the Cauca region.

It’s in these hills that Guiverney Narvaez h​as lived all his life.

Guiverney Narvaez himself. Photo: Caravela Coffee

Guiverney inherited Las Ventas from his father, a hard-working coffee farmer who inspired Guiverney to continue his work.

With hard work, sacrifice and some trial and error, Guiverney has successfully expanded his coffee plantation and improved the quality of the crop. Now the farm is made up of over 5,000 healthy Caturra trees.

Our sourcing partner in Colombia, Caravela, helps farmers like Guiverney through access to training, research, and ongoing support through their Programa de Educación a Caficultores (PECA) program.

With help from PECA and his own continual focus on improvement, Guiverney believes he can reach more micolot (ML) grades and eventually have a fixed contract to produce specialty coffee.

What’s a Colombian coffee?

We’ve been sharing the diversity of coffees from Colombia with you as part of Brew Crew. It’s a country unlike any other: home to such a wide range of microclimates that it’s hard to define what a “Colombian” coffee should taste like. If you associate Colombia with rich chocolate flavours, it’s time to reconsider.

This coffee is a great example of that diversity: it’s got a lighter body, great complexity and bursting with sweetness. Depending how you’re brewing, these lighter coffees may benefit from slightly more fine grind settings, so it’s worth experimenting with grind if you’re not happy.

You can also see our previous Colombian coffees listed on this page, along with their tasting notes.

If you’d like a hand getting the flavour of this coffee right, we’ll be posting some brew notes on the website with this coffee later this week.

Country

Colombia

Region

Inza, Cauca

Altitude

1700m above sea level

Varietals

Caturra

Process

Washed

Producer

Guiverney Narvaez

Map showing location of Colombia Guiverney Narvaez (2015 Harvest)


What makes up Colombia Guiverney Narvaez (2015 Harvest)?

Varietals

Caturra varietal

Caturra is a natural mutation of Bourbon that was originally discovered in Brazil in 1937, considered to be the first naturally occurring mutation ever discovered.

The location

Coffee from Colombia

Colombia is one of the largest coffee producers in the world and benefits greatly from having one of the most unique and complex set of micro-climates of all coffee producing nations.


The Cauca region of Colombia

Attractive growing conditions afforded by its altitude, proximity to the equator and the protection afforded by surrounding mountains, enabling a stable microclimate year round. Cauca is a region also known for its World Heritage listed national parks, wildlife, and life-giving water sources

Farm processes

Washed process

Machines are used to remove the flesh from the coffee cherry before being fermented in water, washed again, and finally sun dried. This process tends to result in more distinct, cleaner flavours.

3 brew notes from Sample Brew Crew

Coffee delivery: coffee in resealable bag and farm information card

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