Release #33: Filo del Oso
Filo del Oso is the name of a coffee farm located near the tiny hamlet of Divino Niño in southern Huila, Colombia, that is owned and operated by José Manuel Cantillo and his family. Fairly early in our partnership with the Divino Niño producer group, we were introduced to multiple members of the Cantillo family, all of whom produce excellent quality coffee.
During early conversations with producers at Divino Niño, we frequently heard of a coffee variety that is locally referred to as “variedad Cantillo”. While the trees of this variety are not particularly distinctive, the ripe cherries are rather unique in appearance, being bright yellowish orange in color with beautiful mottled “tiger-stripes”. While the precise genetic lineage of this mystery “Cantillo family” coffee variety is thus far unknown, our best guess is that it is a natural mutation of variedad Colombia, a very commonly cultivated Catimor hybrid with excellent disease resistance that is capable of producing excellent cup quality.
For this archival release, we're excited to share the last of this unique, if not mysterious, single variety, from a place and producing family we've grown quite fond of over the years.