Colombia

Finca Los Cristales

Dagoberto Rodriguez

Released January 06, 2021

Flavours of boozy pear, green apple, sugar cane
Body     Acidity

Best as black espresso/filter

Coffee has been part of Dagoberto’s life as long as he can remember. His parents used to produce coffee, and he’s says he’s always been surrounded by coffee trees.

When he decided to strike out on his own as a coffee grower, he took all his hard-earned savings to purchase the piece of land where he still lives and produces coffee today, with his wife Yaneth.

They named the farm Los Cristales after the crystal-clear stream of water that passes through the farm. Dagoberto and Yaneth started producing specialty coffee in 2014 and since then, they’ve been careful with their process to keep improving the quality of their crop.

He is always willing to pay more money to his workers for them to do a good job and pay great attention when harvesting to only collect consistently ripe cherries.

“I’ve seen lots of changes in my life since I started to produce specialty coffee, especially in the economic aspect, and also in the social aspect, I’ve been able to improve the quality of my coffee and I’m starting to be known for my work” says Dagoberto.

“If you want to live well with a good quality of life, you must focus on producing specialty coffee and be consistent, and improve year after year, it’s the only option.”

Dagoberto plans to continue improving his coffee as well as the infrastructure of his farm. His short-term plan is to renovate his drying infrastructure.

Country

Colombia

Region

Tolima

Altitude

1500-1800m above sea level

Varietals

Castillo, Colombia

Process

Washed

Harvested

May 2020

Body

Medium

Acidity

Balanced

What makes up Colombia Finca Los Cristales Dagoberto Rodriguez?

Varietals

Castillo varietal

Castillo is named after the researcher Jamie Castillo, who helped develop the varietal in 2005 by Cenicafe, Colombia’s coffee research centre

The location

Coffee from Colombia

Colombia is one of the largest coffee producers in the world and benefits greatly from having one of the most unique and complex set of micro-climates of all coffee producing nations.


The Tolima region of Colombia

Previous epicentre of conflict between the government and FARC rebels, only just starting to open itself up to more reliable and transparent exports. Some of our favourite Colombians have emerged from this region, unfortunately often not through consistent seasons and in very small quantities

Farm processes

Washed process

Machines are used to remove the flesh from the coffee cherry before being fermented in water, washed again, and finally sun dried. This process tends to result in more distinct, cleaner flavours.

Coffee delivery: coffee in resealable bag and farm information card

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