El Placer rests at a staggering 2,125 masl in the mountains of San Antonio, Tolima, and consistently produces some of our favorite coffee of the season. This very small lot of Castillo is extremely clean; it sings of ripe tropical fruits and has excellent sweetness and clarity.
Castillo is a hybrid variety. It is a cross between Caturra and a Timor Robusta. In 1962 research began to create coffee leaf rust resistant varieties. Leaf rust is responsible for decimating many coffee growing regions throughout history. Castillo was released in 1982, and has been widely adopted in Colombia to combat leaf rust; breathing new life into coffee production within the country. Castillo offers producers an option that requires less fungicides while still maintaining the potential for cup quality.
Processing: Hand picked at peak ripeness. Floated to further remove defects and depulped on the day of harvest. Wet fermented for 36 hours. Dried on raised beds until moisture content reaches 10.5%.
- Altitude: 2,125 masl
- Harvest: Mitaca; December 2019
- Origin: Tolima - Colombia
- Process: Washed
- Variety: Castillo
- Tasting Notes: Ripe tropical fruit, clean and complex.