Arcafé is a farmer association in the far-flung community of Linares in the southern Colombian department of Nariño. When we met them back in 2012 as part of the Borderlands Project of CRS, Linares was better known for its sugarcane than its coffee. Arcafé has helped to change that by generating opportunities for its members through the sale of coffees like this one, from Ana María Caicedo and Pablo Orlando Chavez.

PLEASE NOTE: This coffee roasts & ships from Chicago only.

  • Type Single Origin
  • Country Colombia
  • Flavor Profile Caramel + Stone Fruit
  • Variety Castillo, Caturra, Colombia

The details

  • Country Colombia
  • Producer Ana María Caicedo and Pablo Orlando Chavez
  • Region Linares
  • Elevation Range 1700-1950 m
  • Processing Method Washed
  • Harvest May-July 2021

How To Brew

We recommend starting with a 1:18 coffee-to-water ratio, which provides an excellent total extraction level and maximizes flavor pulled out of the ground coffee. For our single origin coffees we recommend a pour over method either on a Chemex, V60 or Kalita Wave on a 5 or 6 grind setting if you are ordering from Intelligentsiacoffee.com.

Recommended Method Pour Over

  1. 01.
    Boil Water 205 - 212 F
  2. 02.
    Weigh Coffee 1g of coffee per 18g of water
  3. 03.
    Drop In Filter Add filter to equipment
  4. 04.
    Grind Coffee Grind coffee and add to filter
  5. 05.
    Add Water Add water in stages
  6. 06.
    Remove Filter Enjoy your coffee!
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Colombia Landscape

Origin Story

Colombia Arcafe

Colombia lies at the Northwestern extreme of South America, a continent whose western flank is marked by the majestic Andes mountain range. 

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    • Intelligentsia coffee buyers travel year-round working with a network of farmers. From the farm, coffee arrives at the roasting works in Chicago and Los Angeles, where coffee professionals cup, grade, and release over 50 single-origins and blends annually.

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