Leonid Ramirez (30HR Washed Castillo) ESPRESSO SCA:87

Leonid Ramirez (30HR Washed Castillo) ESPRESSO SCA:87

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Origin: Colombia 
Farm: La Cortina de Hierro
Varietal: Castillo
Altitude: 1950 MASL
Certification: Micro-Lot
Process: 30HR Washed
Cup Score: 87

Floral Orange, Caramel & Milk Chocolate

This fantastic 24’ crop Castillo lot which showcases the quality of very high altitude growth and good quality washed processing by a really considerate producer.
A very affordable high scoring everyday espresso. 


This coffee is harvested following strict ripeness criteria. 

First, the cherries are floated and hand-sorted to remove any defects. 

They are then exposed to 30 hours of underwater fermentation before being pulped. 
The parchment is then gently washed and finally dried in temperature controlled conditions until ideal moisture content is achieved.
Unlike many producers in Colombia, Leonid did not begin his coffee production by inheriting a family farm. Instead, after many years tirelessly working on coffee farms, he took his opportunity when an abandoned piece of land was rejected by his boss. This is how he acquired the risk and responsibility of a dilapidated farm in the region of Génova.
Leonid has since been rewarded for his efforts, with the support of Cofinet he has been able to improve both the quality and efficiency of his harvests, demonstrating how specialty coffee is able to provide a sustainable livelihood for Leonids family, and other producers just like him.

Another breakthrough came in 2014, when after many years of competing, Leonid became recognised for placing 23rd in the iconic Cup of Excellence competition. He could now demand a higher price for his efforts.

Leonid has continued to cultivate connections, with his perseverance in pursuing his dreams leading him to work with Don Filipe, a renowned producer who helped Leonid become established in the coffee industry. Leonid’s story is an inspiration, providing hope that there is sustainable pricing for producers that focus on growing coffee for quality over quantity. This excellence shines through in Leonid’s coffee, from the tireless investment in his farm all the way to the cup.Varietal:
This lot is 100% Castillo.
In 1968 Café de Colombia’s research centre Cenicafé, which is dedicated to studying and improving coffee farming, began a genetic improvement programme to create rust-resistant varieties.