Another returning coffee to our lineup is a stunner from Ecuador. This one comes to us from the highlands in the department of Loja in the southern part of the country. Approximately 44 small-scale producers have been growing coffee here near a nature preserve that has an abundance of South American palm trees called tagua. These are often family operations – the original farmers are passing down their coffee growing knowledge to their children. The coffee itself is fully washed at the micro mill where it is grown and then dried on raised beds.