Colombia El Guabo GrainPro is produced by Alvaro Javier López, was selected as one of the top 30 lots during the Mejor de Nariño cupping competition and auction cosponsored by Royal Coffee and Inconexus (one of Royal’s trusted export partners in Colombia). In total, the Inconexus team evaluated 300 samples to find 30 of the best for the international buyers to evaluate. Alvaro Javier López, produced this lot on his farm called el Guabo, which is located in the community of Medina Espejo in the municipality of Buesaco within the department of Nariño, Colombia. The department of Nariño has about 40,000 coffee farms, two-thirds of which, average around 1.5 hectares in size. 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.