Colombia Narino San Antonio Natural GrainPro is sourced from a family owned farm called San Antonio, located in the community of Medina Espejo in the municipality of Buesaco within the department of Nariño, Colombia. Two volcanos (Doña Juana in the north and Galeras in the south) are responsible for many of the rich mineral traits found in the soil composition. Nariño’s proximity to the equator also means intense exposure to the sun (relatively constant and powerful year-round), which influences the cherry maturation rate. The municipality of Buesaco, which has an interesting micro-climate caused by warm air that rises from the canyons at night and acts like a protective blanket for the coffee plants. As a result of these combined attributes, coffee plants passively absorb the sun’s energy during the day and then come alive at night when the conditions are less harsh. This translates into concentrated flowering and long cherry maturation periods. All of these factors produce exceptional coffee frequently rewarded in the Colombia Cup of Excellence, including the 2017 first place coffee from Medina Espejo. Nilson Luis López Dias, who owns and manages San Antonio, is at the center of the Buesaco success. In addition to managing his own farm with 25 acres cultivated with coffee, Nelson and his wife Cielo have been helping an export company called Inconexus sources coffee from producers in Buesaco who are now selling coffee in the COE auction. The partnership has helped producers gain access to technical support for best agricultural practices, improve quality, increase earnings from coffee sales, and strengthen the family’s livelihood.