Colombia - Luz Helena Salazar Peach
Colombia - Luz Helena Salazar Peach
Colombia - Luz Helena Salazar Peach
Colombia - Luz Helena Salazar Peach
Colombia - Luz Helena Salazar Peach
Colombia - Luz Helena Salazar Peach
Colombia - Luz Helena Salazar Peach
Colombia - Luz Helena Salazar Peach
Colombia - Luz Helena Salazar Peach
Colombia - Luz Helena Salazar Peach

Colombia - Luz Helena Salazar Peach

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peach, apricot, milky oolong tea

Weight 250 grams
Roast Profile Filter Roast
Choose your grind size Whole Beans

Producer: Luz Helena Salazar / COFINET
Farm: Finca Maracay

Location: Armenia, Quindio
Variety: Castillo
Process: Honey-Yeast Inoculation
Altitude: 1,600 masl

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Cofinet was established by brothers Carlos and Felipe Arcila, whose family history in coffee spans over 80 years. Their dedication to producing and distributing finer Colombian coffees has earned them a reputation as one of the world's renowned, larger-scale coffee distributors. Their long-running success is due to a steadfast commitment to quality and deep concern for and connections with the coffee growers they work with.

The family's willingness to embrace innovative post-harvest processing approaches alongside time-tested methods has allowed them to explore new flavor trajectories not previously found in the Colombian coffee landscape.

They ventured into innovative processing upon recognizing the benefit of alternative fermentation styles and keener attention to drying parameters in getting coffees to express novel and interesting tasting notes.

Their application of such techniques on traditional and exotic varieties as well as relatively recent, resilient cultivars like Castillo, have been achieving the desired balance between productivity and cup quality.

The Cofinet commitment to quality, sustainability, and ethical practices that allows them to produce great coffee goes hand in hand with their dedication to improving the lives of the people in communities where the coffees are grown is a key reason they enjoy high regard in the industry.

As a family-owned business, their legacy — from the earliest days of sourcing and locally distributing coffee to local exporters until their operations' recent expansion encompassing global distribution — has always been driven by their passion for advancing the Colombian coffee industry within the global market and along with that uplift the quality of life of the coffee-farming families they work with.

Luz Helena Salazar owns and manages the affairs at Finca Maracay, an eight-hectare farm in Armenia, Quindio. She is the mother of Cofinet founders Felipe and Carlos. Having grown up in Armenia, Quindio — the area considered to be the traditional heart of Colombia’s production — she has always had an intuitive acumen for coffee farming and has carried on a personal advocacy for Colombian coffee from her younger years. Her inherent aptitude for coffee and agronomy was further honed throughout her career managing agricultural estates yielding other produce like avocadoes and oranges.

The Castillo coffee variety is a hybrid introduced by Colombia's national coffee research institute, Cenicafe, in 2005. It was developed as an improvement from the earlier released cultivars Colombia/F6 (circa 1982) and Tabi (circa 2002), with a focus on enhancing resilience, productivity, and cup quality. Initially, Castillo was often described as dominantly chocolatey and cherry-like with subtle hints of citrus. However, there was a prevailing sentiment that it might not cup as well as older varieties such as Caturra.

To challenge this notion, socially conscious and innovative began conducting post-harvest processing experiments. Their objective was to showcase that a hybrid variety like Castillo could exhibit exceptional cup quality while maintaining its resilience and productivity. These efforts not only increased awareness among Colombian coffee farmers about the benefits of planting disease-resistant varieties but also demonstrated that their coffees could compete and command premium prices based on cup quality.

Whereas the traditional washed process tends to produce a clean, bright cup with a medium body and in contrast, the traditional natural typically results in a heavier-bodied cup with pronounced fruity characteristics — experimental or alternative processes have diversified the range of probable flavor profiles further.

For instance, extended and anaerobic fermentation processes tend to increase the cup's complexity by intensifying fruit notes in the direction of dark, exotic, and even tropical fruits, and also enhancing mouthfeel and body.

One notable example is Luz Helena Salazar's work at Finca Maracay in Armenia, Quindio. By using a Honey - Yeast Inoculation Process, where carefully selected yeasts were added during the fermentation phase, a surprising cup character with a tea-like quality and the sweetness, acidity, and aromatics of stone fruits — more commonly associated with Ethiopian heirlooms — was achieved.

brewing guide

- Ready your brewing tools ahead.
- Keep your coffee gear and containers clean.
- Decide and adjust your grind size based on:
— Your coffee’s roast date
— Your brewing method
- Be consistent with water quality and measuring weight, ratios, and time.
- Remember!
— Let your palate help you personalize the best recipe for you.
— Brew often and have fun!

More about Brewing here.


  • COFFEE GRIND SIZE: Medium fine
  • (like table salt; 21-28 clicks in Comandante MK4 and 14-18 clicks in Timemore C2)
  • COFFEE AGE: 7-14 days, ideally
  • COFFEE DOSE: 17 grams
  • WATER WEIGHT: 255 mL
  • TARGET BREW TIME: 02:30 - 03:00

To get a well-extracted espresso—

- Align your brewing variables

- Adjust according to specifics of your situation, like your —

— Espresso machine settings

— Portafilter basket size

— Grinder

— Puck prep style

More here for tips to dial in on point spros.