This coffee comes from the highland mountain regions in the Loja Department in Ecuador. This area is covered with forests of Tagua trees, a tree native to this area that grows large seedlings known locally as "vegetable ivory". The locals dry these seeds for up to 2 years and then use them to make all sorts of jewelry and crafts that they sell to boost their income. In the center of this forested region there is a mountain range called El Limo. Tucked into the hillsides are 44 different small-scale coffee farms, ranging in elevations from 1,300 – 1,800 MASL. The farmers have been growing coffee in these areas for many years, as their average age is 60 years old, some of them are starting to pass the farms down to their children. The varieties they grow are made up of typica, bourbon, and caturra, which are traditional varieties to the area, and perfect for speciality coffee.