Producer: Robert Pillume
Altitude: 1800 MASL
Varietal: Caturra / Castillo
Harvest: November 2015
Process: Washed, Caturra 15-hour / Castillo 24-hour fermentation
Drying: Raised beds for 12 days
Flavour Notes: Red Cherry, Plum, Black Tea
Coffee is grown in 29 of Cauca’s 41 Municipalities. Most coffee is grown at an average altitude of 1750 MASL. The Western Andes Mountain Range runs from the North East to the South East through the department and runs parallel to the Central Mountain Range, it is this unique geographical feature that helps form the unique climate of the region. Access to Amazon River Basin, the Patia River and abundant rainfall between August and September, means the region generally has abundant access to water. This, coupled with varying day time temperatures of between 11 and 18 degrees, it’s relatively high altitude, and the July to August dry season, means the region generally produces coffee with a brighter acidity than most other regions in Colombia.
La Reforma is made up of two, one-hectare plots of land several kilometers apart. The farm has around 9000 trees, growing both Castillo and Caturra and One hectare is dedicated to each variety. Robert is a progressive farmer with desire to produce high standard specialty coffee achieved through strict farming practices. He works hard to improve coffee production in his region and he collaborates with his neighbors in the surrounding area in a consulting capacity to help them improve their production quality. He also roasts and cups his own coffee which is often ignored by producers and adds an extra level of quality control from the farm side. This Lot is grown in nutrient rich volcanic soil and this, along with selective hand picking, it is rinsed and dried on parabolic drying beds which allow for better-controlled drying conditions. The Caturra is dry fermented for 15 hours and the Castillo, for 24 hours which all contributes to his beautiful coffee.