The coffee from La Maria is the type of coffee we want to drink everyday: creamy, balanced, and a hint of hazelnut.
La Maria is a family farm in Buesaco, Nariño, Colombia, owned and managed by members of the Solarte family. Jose Solarte, a lawyer specializing in constitutional law, his uncle Jairo Solarte, an electronic and computational engineer, and Jose’s father Luis Solarte, a zoologist, work together to oversee the farm which includes 12 hectares of Caturra, Castillo, Colombia, and Pink Bourbon coffee.
The family employs 2–3 core workers to manage post-harvest processing during harvest season, as well as 10–20 pickers from neighboring families. Processing at La Maria is determined by climate conditions and market demand, with Washed and Natural processing being the most commonly used. Jose and his uncle Jairo are working to implement and standardize lactic and alcoholic fermentation for their coffee, which has been born from their research into yeast and lactobacillus cultures.
Altitude: 1950 MASL
Varieties: Colombia, Caturra, Castillo
Region: Buesaco, Narino