On one hectare (2.47 acres) of land, Enrique Diaz cultivates some of the top coffee beans found in Nariño Colombia. He calls his spread Finca San Francisco. In the cup a rich concentration of flavors makes for a very satisfying taste experience. Perched over 8,000 feet up in the Andes the most efficient way to tend to his 5,000 coffee trees is from the back of a mule. Señor Diaz had a good year. His crop placed fourth out of the final top three hundred coffees of Nariño.
Outside the mountainous region of Buesaco, some 40,000 family owned coffee farms, two-thirds of which, average around 3 acres in size, riddle the sides of profoundly deep canyons and valleys. Intense high altitude sun during the day, crisp evenings, and a blanket of warm air rising up the deep canyons at night provide extended flowering and long periods of sugar concentration in the coffee cherries while they mature.