Colombia Inga AponteContrabean Roasting Company
Process: Fully Washed and Sun Dried
Pronounced Honey and Floral Fragrance. Chocolate, Red Cherry and Cane Sugar Aroma. Medium body. Clean, Well Balanced Cup.
Makes a wonderful Single Origin Espresso. Great Brewed Coffee too!
The Inga community are the descendants of the ancient and widely known pre-hispanic Incas, descendants of nomad warriors of the Inca empire army. They lived at the top of the Andes mountains in Peru. During the period of conquest they remained isolated in those high mountains that became their natural refuge. Records of these people only appeared again in the second half of the 19th century when they entered the rubber and the quina plant business.
In the 1930s there was a war between Colombia and Peru as a consequence of the Peruvian occupation of a Colombian territory. At this time many Inga’s went to the big cities and even traveled to Venezuela.
During the 1990´s, they returned to their places of origin and made arrangements with the government to get land for the community which was granted under the protected territories program. Community initiatives were started to generate the process of ethnic-education along with new forms of agricultural production.
The same area that had served them for many years as a refuge also experienced difficult problems in the 1990´s and the beginning of the twenty-first century. Illegal plantations, violence, and the violation of their human rights were common place and the Ingas were trapped in the middle. Until about 10 years ago under the influence of guerrilla groups, drug traffickers and paramilitary groups they were involved in poppy and heroin production.
The Caturra variety of arabica coffee has been seeded in these lands. Coffee is grown on average 2150 metres above sea level and grows in an area that is under the shadow of the volcano Galeras, a volcano that constantly expels ash which is rich in nutrients. This is specific to the region and gives the cup a special colour. We are delighted to support this high quality product which is grown by people who really appreciate our help.