From Nariño, Colombia...

This gorgeous micro-lot from Francy Castillo is exactly expression of Gesha we've been searching for. It is pristine and delicate while showing deep sweetness and vibrant acidity. In the cup we find elegant notes of jasmine and bergamot complimented by bright tangerine.

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Francy Castillo


Producer     Francy Castillo

Farm             El Ubérrimo

Region         Arboleda, Nariño Colombia

Varieties       Gesha

Process         Washed

Altitude       2148 masl

Importer     Apex


Francy Castillo

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 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.


The famed and highly sought-after Gesha variety is originally from Ethiopia. It was transported to Latin America in the 1950s where it was noted for its tolerance to leaf rust. In 2005, the variety was "rediscovered" when it won that year's Best of Panama competition. Since then, it has gone on to break price records at auction year after year and has been planted by farmers across Latin America in hopes of securing high prices.

The variety itself is highly demanding, and it requires high elevations in order to really deliver the exceptional floral, jasmine and stone fruit cup characteristics it is so famous for. There are actually a number of genetically distinct varieties that carry the name Gesha, and most have been traced back to Landraces from the same geographic area in Ethiopia.


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




Farmgate Pricing

4,700,000 COP per Carga (125kg) of parchment - Approx 8.23 USD per kg

FOB 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.

12.19 USD per lb

Lot Size

Total lot size 288kg. Subtext purchased 96kg

Relationship Length

Apex has been working with Francy since 2021. This is the first year that Subtext has purchased her coffee.


Subtext cupping score of 88.75