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FRANCY CASTILLO

Specs

 

Producer     Francy Castillo

Farm             El Ubérrimo

Region         Arboleda, Nariño, Colombia

Harvest       Fall 2023

Varieties      Pink Bourbon

Process       Washed

Altitude       2, 148 masl

Importer     Apex

 

FRANCY CASTILLO

Producer Profile

Francy and her four sisters grew up helping her parents at the coffee farm, which inspired her to major in Agronomy to provide support and management for the family business. She completed her university degree through distance learning all while working on her farm to pay for her studies. After graduating in 2019, she began working at the FNC as a Field Assistant around her hometown of Arboleda, Nariño. She also gained experience in sensory development by working at a private export lab in Buesaco.

In her own words, "I became even more interested in coffee and day by day I wanted to learn more about the beautiful world of coffee". Once our importing partner set up their buying program in Arboleda, farmers like Francy had a connection to the international market. Francy writes to Apex, "I heard a lot about your company and my new goal was to be able to reach you with coffee from our farm as a family and especially to be able to show the coffee our people from our municipality of Arboleda because we live far away from everything and our coffee has not been recognized".

Nariño

Nariño is characterized by steep slopes, and extremely high altitudes as well as a unique climate. Warm, humid air makes its way up from the valleys during the evening hours, allowing for coffee to be grown at higher altitudes than in the rest of Colombia, without risk of frost. The volcanic soil is rich in nutrients and is well-drained.

Pink Bourbon

Originally thought to be a natural hybrid of Red and Yellow Bourbon, this variety—which has been genetically confirmed as an Ethiopian Landrace—is famed for its characteristically pink ripened cherries and equally unique flavour characteristics, has become highly sought-after and more frequently cultivated as of late. On our trips to Colombia we've seen the variety proliferate across Colombia, particularly in Huila where it has become extremely popular amongst specialty focused coffee producers. Successful cultivation of this variety is difficult and requires careful isolation in order to maintain its distinctive colour and bright, fruity and floral profile.

Washed

36 hour in-cherry fermentation followed by 100 hours de-pulped. The coffee is patio then dried for 15-20 days.

TRANSPARENCY

IMPORTER

Apex

FARMGATE PRICING

What's this?

FOB: "Freight on board," usually the price paid to the coffee exporter for coffee ready to ship. This includes price paid to the producer as well as milling, warehousing and transportation costs plus any intermediaries' fees and export costs.

Farmgate: the price paid by the exporter or other buyer to the producer or producer organization.

Francy exported this coffee herself.

FOB PRICING

$6.49 USD per lb

SUBTEXT PAID

$8.73 USD per lb

LOT SIZE

Total lot size of 360 kg. Subtext purchased 96 kg.

RELATIONSHIP LENGTH

Apex has been working with Francy since 2021 and this is the third year we have purchased her coffee

QUALITY

Subtext cupping score of 87.5