Location: Antioquia department Altitude: 1,800 masl. Varietal: Castillo, Colombia & Caturra Average temperatures: 14.3 Harvest: October, November, December Process: Washed Flavour profile: Cherry, toffee apples & silky
Today, Colombia it is recognised as one of the most progressive specialty coffee origins in the world. Temperature, altitude, solar radiation and availability of water influence quality, but soil might be Colombia’s most important component as volcanic ashes provide sufficient organic materials. This enables farmers to grow rich coffee profiles that often include favourable cup characteristics: clean aroma, high acidity and medium body.
Most coffee grows between 1200 and 1800 m.a.s.l., but in some regions it surpasses altitudes of 2000 m.a.s.l. Common varieties cultivated by smallholders are Typica, Bourbon, Caturra, and Castillo. Castillo is a popular variety in Colombia because it offers a high yield.
More than 550,000 Colombian smallholder families are the engine of the Colombian coffee market. These families are spread out over the 17 coffee departments within Colombia: Caldas, Cauca, Cesar, Narino, Meta, Huila, Tolima, Quindio, Risaralda, Antioquia, Valle del Cauca, Cundinamarca, Guajira, Madgalena, Boyaca, Sandander and Norte de Sandander. The average Colombian smallholder family owns between 2 and 5 acres land to cultivate their coffee.
We have auctioned this lot through our partner Trabocca via Coffee For Peace auction. In the regions of Antioquia, Bolivar, Caqueta, Cauca, Meta and Valle del Cauca, Coffee for Peace in Colombia initiative is seeking to make specialty coffee a key component in the transition to peace. Through targeted technical training to improve coffee quality, as well as market linkages, thousands of coffee farmers are tapping into specialty markets, thereby increasing their incomes and helping to sustain the fragile peace process.