SINGLE ORIGIN DIANE HURTADO
Guava + Black Tea
This Castillo coffee comes from producer Diana Luleidy Hurtado Jimenez. She owns a 20-hectare farm in Uribe, a village in the El Tambo municipality of Cauca, Colombia. Colombia invests far more than many coffee producing countries in scientific coffee research, as coffee is incredibly important to the country's economy. Colombia's National Center for Coffee Investigation (Cenicafe) is one of the world's leading researchers in developing coffee cultivars aimed at improving farmers' well-being while also producing high-quality coffee. This research centre is responsible for many of the cultivars developed within the country over the last 60 years, with Colombia (the cultivar) developed in advance of Colombia's first coffee leaf rust outbreak, hitting the country in 1983. Developed further to defend against additional threats such as Coffee Berry Disease (CBD), cultivation of Colombia eventually led to Castillo, officially given to coffee growers in May 2005.
Reserving seven hectares of the farm for coffee, Diana devotes the majority to the Castillo variety. Diana is a young producer who began with a 600-tree plot her parents gave her, now also a member of the women's association AMUSCAFE. Standing for Asociación de Mujeres Agropecuarias de Uribe, AMUSCAFE is an organization of women farmers and landowners in El Tambo, a municipality within Cauca. Their mission is to improve their families' quality of life through coffee farming, contributing positively to their community by working together and sharing resources, knowledge, and support. This is a group of highly entrepreneurial and progressive women. The central theme running through their work is a desire to override the prevalent machismo culture placing their future directly in their own hands. With some funds provided by the government, and working closely with Banexport—a coffee development company—AMUSCAFE have made incredible progress in improving quality. 65% of their total coffee volume this year was graded as specialty coffee, an increase from 40% in the previous year, and 20% before that—an amazing achievement!
This coffee is a brilliant example of the quality the efforts of Diana Hurtado and her fellow members of ASMUCAFE have achieved, bursting with guava sweetness and black tea complexity.