QUALITY SCORE: 87.50
Blackberry / Melon / Dark Chocolate
Suggested for espresso and filter
Caturra, Castillo, Colombia
THE STORY BEHIND
Delfin Carvajal, who runs Finca El Corozal, is an ambitious and talented man. In 2020, he took part in Huila Mágico Competition and ranked in the Top 10. Finca El Corozal is located in Garzón, Huila, and sits at the altitude of 1500 masl, where Delfín grows 20000 trees. Among the main coffee varieties planted on his plot, there are Caturra, Castillo, and Colombia.
Coffee production is a part of a four-generation family enterprise. Finca El Corozal belongs to the Carvajal-Castiblanco family (family of Delfín and his wife), but is actually managed by Delfín’s brother, Euclides Carvajal Córdoba. Finca El Corozal was born as a de facto union of 7 brothers, who bought the first 3 hectares in 2004 that they were extending up to 2011.
The brothers run Finca El Corozal adhering to the best practices of environmental sustainability. They do not allow any hunting or burning on the farm, they carefully control the water system during the washing process, re-use and transform the by-product from coffee cherries into compost, and avoid chemical pesticides as much as possible. This resulted in them gaining the Rainforest Alliance certification in 2009.
In addition to the work on his own farm, Delfín has created an association of more than twenty farmers from the same geographical area. Everybody is committed to planting different varieties and to invest in marketing their coffees. The organisation helps motivate the farmers to improve their production and assists them practically, which benefits the local economy.
Rubens Gardelli, the owner and creator of the roastery, is an important persona in the world of specialty coffee. He was the winner of The World Coffee Roasting Championships 2017. Three times on a box (twice first, once second) in Brewers Cup in Italy, Rubens also won 2014 WCE Italy Coffee Roasting Championship.