Owner: Floridalma Castillo
Town: San Marcos Huista, Jacaltenengo
Varietal: Caturra, Catuai, Bourbon
Size of Finca: 4.75 Hectares
Altitude: 1500 – 1650 masl
Rainfall: 2000 ml
Temperature: 15 – 30ºC
Shade Trees: Gravilea, Chalun and Citrus Trees
Floridalma has been growing coffee next to his husband, Rudy Castillo for over 20 years now. They each look after their plantation and unite forces when needed.
They are located in a valley with very high boulders (rocks), which means they only receive direct sunlight about 5 hours per day. The Rocks/Boulders protect the location from heavy winds and help the land maintain high levels of humidity. This is one of the best examples of a micro climate.
Floridalma has been working in coffee since she was younger by watching her father and mothertend to their coffee tres and learning about processing from them and later his husband, Rudy.
In the future crops they hope to always improve the picking and perhaps, try new processing techniques such as honey and natural coffees. In the eantime, we are happy to include Floridalmas coffee into our line of Female Coffee Growers.
Processing at Farm: Floridalma and her pickers go around the coffee trees 4 – 5 times during the harvest – this ensures that the cherries are ripe and red. They use a separate bag for beans that were mistakenly cut green, or over ripe. The coffee is depulped that same afternoon, at small mill they have near home. It is done with clean water, then left in tanks to ferment for 72 hours. It is then washed and dried by the sun in Patios for 6 days until the moisture level is at aprox. 12%