In the beginning of the 60’s, the International Coffee Organization (ICO) established an identity code for each exporting country that, followed by the exporters code and the loading/shipping number, is stamped since then in each bag of coffee. As a small tribute to the history of the bag of coffee, Cafés El Magnífico wants to contribute perpetuating this traditional numeration.
Inga Aponte Coffee
Resguardo Inga Aponte Honey
several small local coffee growers
2.150 masl
Red Honey dried in the sun
0,35 €. / cup

Inga Aponte Coffee

From 11,00 to 44,00

Do you know what it costs you a quality coffee prepared at home?
Using 8 grs. (customary measure) drink a cup of this extraordinary coffee for 0.35 €.
The Inga community is made up of descendants of the ancient and pre-Hispanic Incas. During the period of the conquest they remained isolated on top of the mountains that became their natural refuge. It was not until the second half of the nineteenth century that contact with this community was resumed.

Unfortunately contact was made mainly by criminals and their shelter became a place of cruelty. The tribe was forced for years to participate in the production of poppy and heroin under the influence of guerrilla groups, drug dealers and paramilitary groups. The mountains, once peaceful, were filled with illegal plantations and violence, where the Ingas were trapped until 10 years ago.

Luckily for them and for future generations this has changed. The mountains have become a safe area for the Inga tribe and illegal harvests were eradicated to give way to a new culture; Coffee! The Caturra variety has been planted in Inga territory, with coffee trees growing at an average hight of 2.150 meters above sea level. This very high elevation combined with the volcano Galeras constantly releasing ash rich in nutrients makes it an exceptionally complex and sweet coffee.
The mucilage of the coffee cherry is sticky, viscous and sweet, so it is sometimes called "honey". During the red honey process, the coffee is dried with all the mucilage remaining attached to the parchment that encloses the seed. Coffee cherries are picked, sorted, pulped, and then moved to patios or drying beds for two or three weeks of drying.

Due to the fact that a little fermentation takes place in the short drying time of the mucilage, coffees processed in this way present a little more acidity than the Pulped Naturals coffees (pressure washed - very common in Brazil), but significantly less acidity than washed or unwashed coffees.

Super fruity fragrance. Potent aromatic intensity of candies and umami notes. Very juicy and unctuous. Incredible sweet and acid complexity.

Nariño is the southernmost province of Colombia, bordered by Ecuador and home to thousands of small coffee producing families. The three chains of Andean mountains of Colombia converge in Nariño, presenting ideal altitudes and fertile soils for the production of high Arabica. It is necessary to emphasize that its rough slopes allow that, in a relatively short distance, different temperatures occur during the day.

This peculiarity presents different local eco-climates and microclimates that give suitable conditions for coffee cultivation in terms of availability of water, temperature, solar radiation and wind regime. Its proximity to the equator, about 1 degree to the north, makes warm and humid winds from the bottom of the valleys rise at night, allowing coffee to rise to heights reaching extreme altitudes, some more than 2.300 meters above sea level!

This area of production presents solar radiation of 1.660 hours on average during the year, rain cycles of 1.860 mm, soils with a high content of organic matter that make possible the cultivation of coffee at great heights and temperatures on average of 19°C. Most of the farms have shade, certifications of sustainability and much appreciation, respect and love for nature.

The particular geography of Nariño and its proximity to coastal and land borders has historically transformed it into a corridor for illicit trade routes, resulting in unjustified violence against the residents of remote mountain farms. Nowadays, thanks to the particularly resilient and intrepid spirit of Nariño coffee growers, the small region is a respected nucleus in coffee innovation.

Salvador Sans participated as judge in the 8th edition of the Cup of Excellence of Colombia held in San Juan de Pastos, in Nariño - 2010. He is pleased to confirm that his personal assessment matched with the verdict of the jury and his favourite coffees were prized with the distinction "Presidential Awards".