Alta Gracia

Region

Nariño

Altitude

5,740 - 6,230 Feet

Tasting notes

Cane sugar, citrus, dried apricot, caramel

Put your hands together

Alta Gracia, roughly translated as "High Grace", comes from the particularly high altitudes of the Nariño region in the Southwest tip of Colombia. The relatively low average temperatures (68° F) and volcanic laden soils, combined with the extreme altitudes, make for a perfect setting for our November coffee.

Alta Gracia represents a total of 18 different farms (most smaller than a hectare) that form the Alto San Diego Association. The farms grow a mixture of Castillo, Caturra and Colombia varieties of coffee beans. During harvest time, the farmers all work together and pick their coffee cherries by hand, a process even more impressive given the steepness of the hills in the region.

During our numerous tastings of Alta Gracia, we noticed a juicy, caramel body; a bright, citrus acidity; and notes of cane sugar, dried apricots and citrus fruits.

Beyond the reference to it's lofty origins, Alta Gracia also gets it's namesake from the Alta Gracia cafe and bar located in the Poblado neighborhood of Medellin, Colombia. It's a favorite spot of ours for an expertly mixed cocktail and live mixed music. If you get the chance to visit, make sure to order a lychee martini or a Manhattan (not on the menu). Shown on the front of this card is the Las Lajas Sanctuary, a basilica church situated in the Nariño region of Colombia.

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