Quality Report - Colombia Santa Barbara Castillo Washed

About This Coffee

Colombian microlots are sourced basis cup quality, and are both the highest-quality and the highest price tier of the coffees Cafe Imports sources from this country. The cup must achieve 87+ points and is separated out based on its particular specs, whether it is a farmer-specific or a variety-specific lot. These are highly traceable coffees.

Colombia is best-known for its Washed coffees. While the processing details might vary slightly from farm to farm or by association, generally the coffee is picked ripe and depulped the same day, then given an open-air fermentation in tanks or buckets for anywhere between 12–36 hours. The coffee is washed clean of its mucilage before being dried either on patios, in parabolic dryers, solar driers, or mechanically. Some Washed coffees in Colombia are mechanically demucilaged.

Maria Teresa Paz was the seventh-place winner in the original Cauca Best Cup competition (2014), with a lot of her Caturra coffee. This is a Castillo selection from her farm, Santa Barbara.

Farm Information

  • Origin: Colombia
  • Region: Cauca
  • Farm/Coop/Mill: Santa Barbara
  • Producer: Maria Teresa Paz
  • Variety: Castillo
  • Process: Washed
  • Altitude: 1687masl
  • Harvest: All Year Round
  • Sourcing Partner: Cafe Imports
  • Quality Score: 

Roast Level: 


Flavour Profile

  • Aroma: Florals and Tea-like
  • Flavour: Orange, Raspberry, Toffee, Chocolate
  • Aftertaste: Clean chocolate finish
  • Acidity: Orange-like acidity
  • Body: Raspberries and Toffees
  • Balance & Overall: Very balanced and clean washed Colombian coffee of high quality

Recommended Brewing Parameters

  • Espresso: 20g In, 40g Out, 27 Seconds
  • Milk-based (150ml): 23g In, 44g Out, 30 Seconds, 150g Milk
  • Pourover Filter (Chanho-Tornado): 15g In, 225g Out, 2 Minute 00 Seconds (45G Bloom, 30 Seconds)