Nariño’s northern Andes provide a stunning backdrop for Pasaje Coffee, grown at high altitudes on steep slopes. Historically overlooked, the small, remote farms of Nariño have recently gained prominence in Colombia’s specialty coffee scene. The region’s volcanic soil and high altitudes, especially in areas like Buesaco and La Unión, contribute to the exceptional quality of coffee produced here. With the support of cooperatives, millers, exporters, and significant investment from the Federación Nacional de Cafeteros (FNC), access to Nariño’s individual farmers has improved, unveiling unique microlots like the one from Sra. Pasaje.
In the 2020 “Colombia, Land of Diversity” competition, Sra. Pasaje’s coffee stood out, securing 15th place among 1,610 submissions. Her farm, Las Canoas, is a testament to quality and dedication. Located near San Pablo in the community of Los Llanos, Las Canoas spans just under a hectare, focusing on Castillo and Colombia coffee varieties. For over 20 years, Sra. Pasaje and her family have cultivated coffee, embracing specialty practices to enhance their crop’s quality. The result is a proud representation of their hard work and the potential of Nariño’s coffee.
Harvesting at Las Canoas is a family and community effort, emphasizing the importance of manual, careful picking. The coffee undergoes a meticulous process of fermentation without water, followed by sun-drying, ensuring each bean’s flavor is preserved. Despite facing personal challenges, including Sra. Pasaje’s recovery from a brain aneurysm, the family’s resilience and commitment to coffee excellence shine through. Their partnership with Royal Coffee in selling this microlot highlights the quality and unique story behind Pasaje Coffee, inviting coffee lovers to experience a cup of Nariño’s finest.