Colombia washed Arabica Excelso EP, Castillo, PAZ Project

delicate and juicy, smooth, red apple, slightly winey, hint of wild berries
80 % of 100
80 % of 100
SCA Score 84.00
80 % of 100
Auf Lager: Vollers Hamburg
Verfügbare Menge: 14 GrainPro Sack à 70kg

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Unit of Measure GrainPro Sack à 70kg
Status Spot
Warehouse Vollers Hamburg
Bag Type Grain Pro
Crop 22/23
Acidity 4.000000
Flavor 4.000000
Charge 103001.1
Variety Castillo
Region Tolima
Process Washed
Grade Excelso
Producer Smallholder producers
SCA Score 84.000000
Body 4.000000

On the quest for distinguished coffee, you simply cannot pass Colombia. It is the largest producer of washed Arabicas worldwide with a quality reputation that stems from hard work and excellent terrain. Distinctive topographic characteristics also come into play when talking about the different facets of Colombian coffee: the three cordilleras of the Andes mountain range.

Despite having a conflictive past, many coffee producing regions in Colombia are well recognized for their quality. Tolima for instance, in the midwest of Colombia, was occupied by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) until recently. The impact of the rebel group made it difficult for producers to work in the area, but finally, after reaching a peace agreement, coffee farmers and their families could return to the area and grow coffee again.

This lot of washed Castillo comes from this region, specifically from the municipalities of Chaparral and Planadas. It was produced by smallholder farmers through PAZ, a peace project led by Urbania in Colombia that works with victims of the armed conflict in the area. For these farmers and their families, coffee has held a longstanding role within their agricultural heritage. As a result, they engage in cultivating traditional coffee varieties, with a considerable number among them having transitioned into organic farming too. From May to July, the main harvest season takes place. Ripe coffee cherries are selectively picked, then de-pulped and fermented for 20 hours. Afterward, the beans are washed with clean water to remove any remaining mucilage or debris and then sun-dried until reaching the desired moisture level, of around 12,5%. The result is a delicate and juicy cup with hints of red apple and wild berries.

Historically, Colombia has been shattered by various periods of violence and setbacks. However, in the past 20 years, Colombia has leaped to becoming an economic powerhouse in Latin America. On the quest for distinguished coffees, you simply cannot miss Colombia. Its quality reputation stems from hard work and excellent terrain.

Colombia's natural beauty stems from its extreme diversity: two oceans, snow-peaked mountains and glaciers, endless deserts as well as the Amazon basin are found in this unique South American gem. The west of the country is dominated by three Andes mountain ranges, called the Cordilleras.

Due to their proximity to the equator, several microclimates are formed within these mountain ranges. Add to that altitude ranges from 800 to 2,200 meters, and you will start to realize why Colombian coffees are so diverse.


CONTINENT South America
COFFEE REGIONSHuila, Antioquia, Quindio, Risaralda, Caldas, Tolima, Cauca, Valle del Cauca, Santander, Cundinamarca, Narino, Sierra Nevada
COFFEE ALTITUDES900 – 2,300 masl.
VARIETIESTypica, Caturra, Castillo
HARVEST PERIODSep – Dec (Main Crop), Mch – Jun (Fly Crop / Mitaca)
COFFEE FARMSSmallholders and plantations
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