Popayan coffee is grown in the Cauca region in the Cordillera Central to the south and west of Huila. The coffee is milled and bagged in Cartago, a town near Pereira. The climate is mild temperate with year round distribution of rainfall. The soil is a rich, volcanic mixture. The wet method is used for processing on farms with sun drying on patios and machine drying. These beans are large, green in color, with a screen size of 17 to 18 and can be grown up to 1,900 meters (6,300 feet) above sea level. They are harvested October through February and are exported year round. Other vegetation in the area includes banana and guamo trees. The mill purchases coffee from individual farmers. This coffee is characterized by good acidity, excellent body, nice aroma and a smooth, well-balanced cup.