Colombia Los Naranjos May 23 2013

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This coffee farm rests along the edge of Cueva de los Cuacharo, Colombia, a 500 square mile biosphere where two mountain ranges converge.  Photo courtesy of Coffea Roasterie.

Coffee leaf rust, or roya, could affect a majority of the Central American crop for the next several years. Only a few years ago the Colombian coffee crop was 40 percent infected. However, Colombia is now recovering while its neighbors to the North are in crisis. Through a Herculean replanting effort and investment things are looking up. Farmers are now planting a crossbreed of Robusta and Arabica called Castillo that is roya resistant and tailored to the Colombian climate. What do you think of this new hybrid varietal? Please leave your thoughts and comments below. Read more