German Castillo - Ecuador

Blackcurrant, orange, toffee.

Farmer: German Castillo Giron
Region: Zamora, Chinchipe
Country: Ecuador
Processing: Washed
Elevation: 1,500 m
Variety: Pacamara, Caturra
Sourced By: Caravela Coffee

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German Castillo’s farm is located among the the Amazon Rainforest, in the southeast of Ecuador, there is the province of Zamora-Chinchipe. Coffee growers in this region are very small-scale and the biggest farm has less than 5 hectares in coffee, a region surrounded by jungle and virgin forests, making it very hard to access this farm. To reach this farm, you have to take a 2-hour drive from Zumba and then a 3 hour hiking to the farm.

Even though coffee growers in this region still have hundreds of things to learn about producing specialty coffee, is a region with very high potential and we are working towards offering them the tools and education necessary. Its remote and exotic location, makes this farm unique and priviledged for its biodiversity and microclimates. He is part of the association called ACRIM that believes that “The sustainable progress and development of communities can only be done by getting together, working as a team, and respecting the environment together.” ACRIM exists since the year 2000, however, since 2013 they have been focused on producing high quality and organic certified coffee.

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