Finca Tamana Castillo Espresso 1kg


This Castillo comes from seeds that were mixed from many different areas and is called «Castillo general» or the general Castillo. An intense and sweet coffee with flavours of marzipan, herbs and dark chocolate with subtle notes of red fruit in the background. Only available in 1kg bags.

Additional information

Weight 0.357 kg
Dimensions 15 × 7.5 × 23 cm
Roast Profile





El Pital, Huila





Flavour Notes


This particular Castillo comes from seeds that were mixed from many different areas and is called «Castillo general» or the general Castillo. (there are several different types of Castillo and some of them are already in production at Tamana) It is a really intense and sweet coffee with a nice marzipan like flavour with loads of dark chocolate and subtle fruit in the background. When you taste this coffee next to other coffees from Tamana you might not notice the herbal character that easy, but putting it next to an Ethiopian or Kenyan coffee you really get the herbal character in the cup. You might want to give that a try.     


Castillo is the advanced variedad Colombia hybrid developed by the Colombian research organisation Cenicafe. The researchers spent over 30 years breeding this cultivar that is resistent to leaf rust and has potential to produce a very good cup quality. Since it’s launch a few years ago, Colombia experienced a huge outbreak of leaf rust, but most farmers recovered in record time as the Colombian coffee growers federation helped supporting them with new Castillo seedlings to replace the traditional susceptible cultivars like Bourbon and Caturra.  It means that over 60% of the coffee grown in Colombia today is Castillo cultivars.


But what about the cup quality?


There has been a lot of scepticism among the quality driven coffee professionals and a fear that the tasty Caturra will be replaced by an inferior hybrid like Castillo. A lot of coffee tasters  say that in general the hybrids can have a slight more herbal aftertaste, which can be true, but we have found that when the cherries are picked fully ripe at a deep purple colour, the herbal flavours are tamed and you tend to get more sweetness and fruity flavours in the cup. It all boils down to how you harvest, process and roast the coffee and of course how healthy the coffee trees were during production.

Picking and sorting

The coffee is selectively hand picked by hired pickers under supervision of Elias. Cherries are hand-sorted before they are processed to make sure only ripe cherries are processed together.

Depupling, fermenting & washing

After de-pulping, the parchment coffee with the mucilage on is fermented for 14-16 hours over night in clean stainless steel tanks. The fermentation is stopped when the mucilage is easy to clean off and before the coffee flavour is influenced by negative fermentation flavours. The coffee is then washed in clean water by using an eco-mill which is a mechanical mucilage remover. The eco-mill reduces water waste from the average 50-100 litres of water per kilo of coffee with traditional washing methods to only 0,5 – 1 litre per kilo. After washing the coffees are soaked for 24 hours in clean water in tiled cement tanks. All floaters (beans with low density) are removed during the washing and soaking process.


After the soaking stage the clean parchment coffee is dried in parabolic dryers and drying beds covered with shade nets to prevent the beans from over heating. The coffees are raked throughout the day to ensure even drying. Drying normally takes from 20 to 30 days and once the moisture content is below 11% it gets packed and stored in air tight grain pro bags. All our coffees from Finca Tamana are vacuum packed before it is shipped to Norway.


Yes, we are pleased to offer international shipping with either DHL or Norwegian Post (Posten). Unfortunately, due to custom challenges, we are not currently able to ship to Russia and China.

Note: There are some countries we are only able to send to with DHL at the moment as the Norwegian Postal  Service is not able to deliver to all countries due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please check this website if your country is open for postal delivery with normal mail.


The shipping cost varies based on how many bags you order and the shipping method you choose. It is calculated during checkout.

Norwegian orders: We use Posten for packages delivered within Norway. With this service you can choose between normal mail without tracking or “Klimanøytral parcel” with tracking.

International orders: Customers based outside of Norway can choose between Norwegian mail service with no tracking or DHL with tracking.


Below you will find the estimated shipping times for the two shipping services we offer.

Norwegian Post (Posten)

Norway: 2 – 5 days
Sweden & Denmark: 3 – 9 days
Europe: 3 – 10 days
United States: 5 – 10 days
Rest of world: 7 – 20 days

DHL (Tracking provided)

Europe: 2 – 3 days
Rest of world: 3 – 4 days

Please note that because of varying degrees of lock downs due to the Covid-19 situation, deliveries outside of Norway with postal service may take anywhere from 1-6 weeks. DHL is not affected by this delay in a significant way. However this won’t affect the quality of your coffee. The bags are flushed with Nitrogen gas before they get vacuum sealed which maintains the freshness.

For more information, please see our FAQ page. If you still have any question, please send an email to

Elias from Finca Tamana Coffee Farm

Meet Elias

I first met Elias back in 2007 when I was traveling around Colombia with my friend and coffee exporter mr. Alejandro Renjifo. The aim of the trip was to find delicious coffees and potential farmers that I could work with to make sure we got a steady supply of tasty coffees from Colombia. While passing through the state of Huila I visited a small group of farmers in Acevedo that was lead by Elias. I remember we drank hot chocolate (!) and ate bread and cheese at his house and Elias gave me an impression of being a passionate and hard working farmer. Later that year I received a few samples from him but unfortunately his coffee was not meeting my quality requirements so nothing really came out of it.

We did meet a few times more on my later visits to Colombia but it was not until 2011 that we started discussing working together. There were a couple of reasons that triggered my interest in cooperating with Elias. He had show interest in meeting me every time I went to Colombia and he had also bought Finca Tamana which happened to be situated next to a farm that I had been purchasing small quantities of coffee from in the past. It meant that I knew there was potential for growing good coffee in the area and since Finca Tamana was much bigger than the average 2 hectare coffee farm in Colombia I knew that there was potential for producing enough quality coffee for our demand.


We buy coffee directly from Elias Roa, the farmer. Fairfield Trading, the exporter, provides milling and logistical service and the coffee is imported by ourselves directly to Norway. We have been buying coffee from Elias every year since 2012 and we will continue to do so in future years.

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