Grown in the province of Narino in southwestern Colombia bordering Ecuador, Narino coffee is distinguished for its smooth body and nutty flavor. The Narino growing region includes active volcanoes and much precipitous terrain. Most of the coffee is grown at elevations from 1,500 meters to 2,100 meters above sea level. The volcano called Galeras has created the productive soils that make this one of Colombia's best coffee growing regions.
Nariño is a department of Colombia named after independence leader Antonio Nariño. Its capital is Pasto. It is in the west of the country, bordering Ecuador and the Pacific Ocean. Nariño has a diverse geography and varied climate according to altitude: hot in the plains of the Pacific and cold in the mountains, where most of the population resides, a situation that is repeated in a north-south direction. Other important cities include Tumaco and Ipiales.