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Neftali Castro

In the central West of Colombia, stretching across the eastern slopes of the Andes is the department of Tolima. The Magdalena River basin etches through this region, creating a truly magnificent array of elevations and excellent climates. Tolima is the third-largest coffee producing area in Colombia, perhaps thanks to the ideal temperatures and nutrient-rich soils.

In the town of Cajamarca, Neftali Castro grows coffee on his 3-hectare farm called El Diamante. He is a community leader here, assisting with keeping the beautiful land out of the hands of mining companies. Neftali and other community members fought hard to keep the land solely dedicated to agriculture rather than resource extraction, and they succeeded. Agriculture is better for both the people and the environment in comparison to mining, according to Neftali.

  • Farm Neftali Castro
  • Varietal Pink Bourbon
  • Process Fully washed
  • Altitude 1,730 metres above sea level
  • Town / City Cajamarca
  • Region Tolima
  • Owner Neftali Castro
  • Tasting Notes Chamomile tea, cranberry, plum
  • Farm Size 3 hectares
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Neftali Castro

Neftali is also a respected producer in this town, with exceptional knowledge on cultivating and processing exceptional coffee. He is constantly experimenting and searching for new ways to improve the quality of his coffee.

After he handpicks his coffee, Neftali de-pulps the cherries and carefully washes the beans. They then undergo a mixed fermentation for two days before being dried on raised beds in the open sun.

About Colombia

Colombia is the third largest coffee-producing country in the world, and thanks to its vast array of unique microclimate, are able to have harvests throughout the year.

Commercial coffee cultivation began in the mid-1830s and spread so rapidly that throughout the twentieth century coffee already became the country’s leading export. A mountainous topography and many tropical micro-climates contribute greatly to Colombia’s reputation for ideal growing conditions, which – in turn – have helped Colombia establish itself as a recognisable origin around the world.

The diversity of coffee and profiles found across Colombia is enormous and coffee is harvested practically year-round depending on the region. The main harvest takes place from October to February with November and December being the peak months. There is also a second fly (or ‘mitaca’) crop several months later, again varying by region and microclimate.