Every trace origin coffee takes you on a journey. Coffee, like wine, can be transportive. The influence of the soil, processing techniques and the producer can take the drinker to the certain time, place and way it was created.
In our Limited Edition Castillo Natural Santa Monica, the coffee takes you to Finca Castellon in El Cailmo, Quindio, part of the coffee triangle. The area is surrounded by several mountain ranges with greenery as far as the eye can see, 1400-1450 metres above sea level in soil rich in volcanic ashes.
Jairo Arcila at Finca Castellon is our grower. He is hard working, passionate, and works in the local coffee mill as well as in the farm.
Jairo employs locals who selectively handpick the crop, selecting only the ripest cherries. Through experience, he creates magic in the processing and reason why this coffee so highly regarded. This Castillo variety is naturally processed at the La Pradera washing station close by in El Cailmo, Quindio. Castillo responds exceptionally well to natural processing, the cherries are exposed to a dry anaerobic fermentation of 18 hours before being pulped and sundried on raised beds to the ideal moisture content, with the mucilage on.
Before brewing this coffee take a moment to smell the beans out of the grinder, the exotic aromas and complexity are jaw-dropping. In the cup, you can expect flavours of ripe mandarin and maple syrup, a coating mouthfeel with a sweet lingering aftertaste.
This Trace Origin micro lot offering from Jairo Arcila is a rare treat.
We thank Jairo Arcila, his family and community for giving us this opportunity and hope you enjoy this special experience as much as we do.