THE STORY BEHIND NAPOLEON BARRAGAN
On the northwest border of Huila in southwest Colombia lies a small community named Monserrate. This village is a collection of homes on a single ridge, and in the early aughts, a group of coca farmers began replacing the coca with coffee in an effort to curb the violence that plagued their daily lives. They formed a growers’ association, which has since evolved into a model of transparency and technical assistance (similar in mission to Capucas in Honduras, but smaller). Napoleon Barragan’s farm is in this small village, and he sells his coffee through the Monserrate Grower’s Association.
Monserrate was our roastmaster Clyde Miller’s very first origin trip, and Napoleon Barragan was his favorite coffee at the group’s seasonal competition. It was also a standout among staff at the Irving Farm Loft cupping table, garnering praise on its mellow acidity, good body, and floral notes.