The city of Popayan is the capital of the state of Cauca in Colombia. The coffee region is on a plateau where the Andes mountain range surrounds and shelters it. The coffee region stands at nearly 1,700 metres above sea level and is near the Purace volcano which has contributed to the region’s nutrient-rich soil. Popayan is home to multiple indigenous groups that have been producing coffee for decades. It is estimated that there are around 80 coffee farmers in this region.
Popayan’s coffee are of the Castillo coffee varietal and are mainly wash-processed. As a result of the area’s soil conditions and altitude, Popayan’s coffee produces fragrant winey aroma, medium acidity, medium body, and sweet chocolate aftertaste. Certain notable cupping notes include: milk chocolate, caramel, nuts. Due to its consistency, coffee from this region can fetch up to 20% above market price.