Finca El Zafiro Castillo El Lobo Blanco Specialty Coffee Farm | Fantine

Finca El Zafiro Castillo El Lobo Blanco

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Cultivar Castillo
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Processing Washed
Bag Size 15 Kg
Packaging Hermetic/GrainPro
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Region Cauca
Availability SPOT
Processing Washed
Notes SweetFloral
Farming Reduced PesticidesDeforestation-freeFamily farmVisitors welcome
Cultivar Castillo
Altitude 1950 masl
Bag Size 15
Packaging Hermetic/GrainPro
Drying Sun-dried - Patio
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The farm is composed of 8 hectares, 6 of which are dedicated to the cultivation of specialty coffee and the other two are a natural reserve that protects the basins of the Negro River and the biodiversity of flora and fauna in the area. Apart from coffee trees, you will find orange, mandarin, banana, guamo, loquat and wild blackberries, raspberries and guaguas in this wonderful farm.

El Zafiro farm is a coffee paradise located very close to Popayan city in the south-west of Colombia in Cauca region at an altitude of around 1900 masl. Nancy Maca, her husband Oscar and her father Ceferino, have been producing outstanding coffees for more than 20 years now. 

The farm had belonged to Nancy's grandparents for 100 years. When her grandfather passed away, it was inherited by Nancy, who took over the farm 22 years ago together with her husband Oscar. One of the main reasons why this farm stands out so much in quality is because of Nancy's curiosity, who began to study and experiment with the processing of coffee several years ago. This allowed her to begin the path of producing specialty coffees and then, in 2004, this was followed by several recognitions and awards, thus assuring the motivation and enthusiasm with which she continues to this day.

Terroir: Cauca

The Cauca region is the cradle of the Colombian massif, which is the source of most of Colombia's major rivers such as the Cauca and Magdalena. Cauca is closer to the equator, receives the most hours of sunshine throughout the year, has a stable climate throughout the year and the farms enjoy the protection of the high mountains from the winds and humidity that comes from the Pacific.

However, it is worth remembering that unlike other regions where the temperature does not drop too much at night, in the case of Cauca, there are often low temperatures that can be considered adverse for the coffee tree but at the same time slows down the ripening of the coffee cherry and therefore accumulates more sugars and compounds that enhance its acidity and sweet and fruity notes.

Similarly, the interaction of the sugar with the sulphur from the volcanic soils originating from the presence of the Puracé and Sotará volcanoes influences the caramel aroma that characterises the coffees of this region, which can generally be described as having a strong, caramel aroma, with notes of chocolate, caramel, apple and honey. Bright, high acidity in the cup, medium body with a balanced, smooth and clean overall impression.

In Cauca, it is very common to find micro-lots and nano-lots with very particular processing characteristics and cup profile. The mountainous and heterogeneous character of the area means that the coffee produced in different places and at different times of the year has different characteristics.


Castillo is known for its smoothness, aroma, and citric acidity. It may have similar qualities to Typica, Caturra, and Bourbon. Cenicafé succeeded in giving Castillo the short stature of Caturra, along with relatively high yields, making it a good choice for producers.

Not all Castillo is the same, however: Cenicafé created six different forms of Castillo, designed to meet the climate conditions of six different regions.

This diversity will help Castillo to remain rust-resistant. It is indeed important to keep different lines in anticipation and preparation for the evolution of the disease. In fact, the more homogenous the coffee crops, the bigger the risk of the disease spreading.

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