January 2019: Our third feature.
Good things come in three's and our third release with Toasted Espresso was no exception.
Our shared passion for coffee and the people behind it allowed us to tell the stories of,
The Supply Chain:
The Variety: (Feature story below)
Castillo, a Colombian variety known for its resistance
to diseases such as coffee leaf rust.
Coffee leaf rust, is a disease causing yellow-orange spots
on the leaves. Since the leaves are where photosynthesis
occurs, when leaf rust hits, plants are less able to produce
In extreme cases the leaves fall off the tree,
and it is unable to produce any coffee cherries at all.
Preemptive action saw research and development begin
in 1982, a year before leaf rust first reached Colombia.
It was to be a a further 23 years and five generations
of development before Castillo would be first released
Castillo now accounts for 45% of Colombia’s coffee,
with an intended lifespan of 15 years from these trees.
While it is common for rust-resistant varieties to lose their
resistance over time, Castillo continues to be resistant to
leaf rust and berry disease after 12 years.
Credit: Perfect daily grind