Julian Palomino farms on 10 hectares in Totoro, Cauca, where he grows Castillo variety. The coffee is picked ripe when the cherries turn purple and are sorted meticulously to comprise this special lot. This is the first year he went all in making naturals. The high elevation and long ripening of his castillo varietal make for a really intense, super sweet, boozy cup. Unity met Julian on their first-ever trip to Colombia. He helps out with a local school in Totoro, Cauca. Purchasing coffee from the school was the first time working with Julian – it wasn’t until later we discovered his own farm. They fell in love with the berry-forward coffee from this region, along with the friendly and motivated farmers. The area is fairly diverse, with a good amount of indigenous & mixed people. Julian has done some incredible things, such as add irrigation to his farm, and build large, multi-tiered, covered drying areas. This is a producer always looking to do better. He shares a mill with some other nearby growers, truly making this coffee a community effort.