Producer // Leonisio Castellon
Country // Honduras
Region // San Luis, Santa Barbara
Processing // Wet-Process
Cultivar // Catuai
Elevation // 1350 Meters
Tasting Notes // Limeade, Vanilla, Snappy
Cup Characteristics: A punctuated acidity like fresh squeezed limeade is the highlight of this coffee. It is rounded by a deep vanilla aroma and developed body that finishes in a snappy, fresh fruit flavor.
Sourcing Information: Leonisio Castellon has been farming in San Luis, Honduras for 9 years. His sizable farm is just off a main road as you leave the town of San Luis. This is the second year he is preparing coffee for the specialty market. This means that he is separating all of his Catuai from the lower quality Lempira variety. This is more work and creates a lower yield, but the premiums he receives for this lot is well worth the hard work. On top of separating his varieties he is also using fewer herbicides and rather, picking the weeds in the farm by hand.
He dries all of his coffee in a parabolic drier he built himself. He has equipped the structure with raised beds and plenty of passages to be able to maintain the temperature inside. He also has put fans on both entrance ways to allow for more air flow.
Castellon is devoted to picking only the ripest of cherries and producing the highest quality cup that he can. Like most of Central America, Roya (coffee rust) has been an issue in his area, but he fumigated early and is keeping healthy trees with regular pruning in order to keep the disease at bay.