Colombia Cuatro Esquinas


Finca Cuatro Esquinas is a farm located in the municipal of La Union within the Nariño region of Colombia. It is a tiny farm of only 1 hectare in size, of which half is used for coffee cultivation. The producer is Señora Maria Edlima Muñoz. Maria has around 2,700 coffee trees in this small plot of land which are of the cultivar Colombia. Variedad Colombian was introduced by Cenicafe in 1982 as a disease-resistant strain of coffee. In recent years, Cenicafe developed the Castillo variety to combat the coffee-leaf rust infestation of 2008. Both of these varieties were created by splicing together the genes of a Caturra and a Timor Hyrbid variety.

Maria lives in the farm with her husband, Carlos Alberto Burbano, to whom she has been married for the last 30 years. They have two children that are grown up now and do not live with us at the farm. Maria grew up in a coffee family. After her marriage to Carlos, they bought this farm and for the past 3 decades, the farm has provided the family with stable income to provide for the family and the education fees of their children.

When we visited Colombia last year, we had asked our friends at Banexport to help us to source coffees from different regions in the country. We had previously bought coffees from Nariño and the cup and bean quality had been very good. From the cupping table, we picked Maria's coffee as it stood out for it's clean and fruity cup. As it consisted of only a small lot, we decided to buy her entire harvest. We're glad we did as we really enjoy what we're tasting now.

This coffee is front loaded with notes of berries creating a juicy mouthfeel. Similar to Las Brisas, the finish is predominantly chocolate, but the type of sweetness is leaning towards brown sugar. 

Farm: Cuatro Esquinas
Producer: Maria Edlima Muñoz
Location: La Union, Nariño
Altitude: ~1,870 masl
Varietal: Colombia
Processing: Depulped in the afternoon after the cherries are picked. Dry fermentation for 20 hours and fully washed 3 to 4 times before drying in traditional parabolic dryers for 5 days depending on weather conditions.

This coffee is available now.