Colombia Mejor de Narino Franco Lopez 1970MT Castillo GrainPro was selected as one of the top microlots evaluated by the professional cupping team at Inconexus Fine Coffee in Colombia. The department of Nariño has about 40,000 coffee farms, two-thirds of which, average around 3 acres in size. Nariño’s proximity to the equator delivers intense exposure to the sun (relatively constant and powerful year-round), which influences the cherry maturation rate. In Buesaco, warm air rises from the deep canyons at night and acts like a protective blanket for the coffee plants perched on the mountain tops. These combined attributes cause coffee plants to passively absorb the sun’s energy during the day and then come alive at night when the conditions are less harsh. This translates into concentrated flowering and long cherry maturation periods, which have produced many award-winning coffees including this years's first place Colombia Cup of Excellence lot. For this year's Best of Nariño, the Inconexus team has selected coffee from Franco López, who produced this lot on his 69-acre farm called La Mina, located in the community of Veracruz in the municipality of Buesaco within the department of Nariño, Colombia. Franco has been cultivating coffee for the last thirty-four years. Franco is 72 years old and he has 4 adult children. Franco’s youngest daughter, Cielo, is continuing the family legacy of coffee cultivation. Franco has been participating in the Cup of Excellence for the last five years and his coffee has placed within the winning lots each year. During the 2017 Colombia Cup of Excellence, Franco’s coffee from La Mina placed the eighth. During the harvest, Franco provides full time employment to more than 25 people who live near Las Minas. Franco uses his own micro-mill to process harvested cherries, which allows for meticulous care in depulping, fifteen-hour fermentation periods, and 7 to 14 days of drying.