This incredibly rare find is an absolute treat to drink and roast! Balanced with a sparkling tang, it's got silky smooth texture and notes of Darjeeling tea, honey and lemon with a floral undertone. Perfect as an iced coffee for the summer!
Arrival Date: June 15th, 2021
Acidity & Brightness: On the bright side, tangy
Balance & Finish: Balanced, smooth finish
Body & Texture: Medium to full body, silky
Flavors: Darjeeling tea, honey, lemon, floral
Grade: Peaberry, grown at 1450 - 1650 masl
Processing: Fully washed, hand-picked, mechanically dried
Varietals: Catuai and Caturra
Roasting: Start at City + (light-medium) and go a bit darker as desired. We find it best not to go any darker than Full City + (medium dark) or you lose the subtle character of this coffee. Lighter roasts will match our described profile while roasts on the darker side of medium will have less tang and more chocolatey sweetness with a more accessible black tea undertone.
Reminder: This coffee is raw, you must roast it before brewing!
Our Review: "Bolivia is South America's only landlocked coffee producing country, and is the smallest exporter of coffee on the continent. The quality of that coffee, however, is hardly lacking in diversity or beauty. Bolivia’s terrain and geography is gifted for arabica production, particularly throughout its greater Yungas region (Yungas is Aymara for "warm lands"), whose mountain ranges connect the low and humid Amazonian basin to the dry Andean altiplano above. The most productive municipality in the Yungas is by far Caranaví, where 85-90% of Bolivia's specialty coffee has continued to thrive over the decades. Coffee farms in this high and tropical climate tend to be well-managed but small, challenged by isolation and lacking in long-term industry support. Bolivian growers still often don’t have processing equipment or transportation of their own, a massive hurdle in such territory." Enter Agricafé. "Specialty groups like Agricafé deserve a lot of credit for their dedication to Bolivia's coffee potential, despite the odds. Agricafé was established in 1986 and is a family business that manages 12 of its own farms as well as smallholder coffee from across Caranaví and Samaipata. Their smallholder program, “Sol de Mañana”, began in 2013 with 10 small producers and a curriculum focused on nursery and farm management, and specialty harvesting. Organic fertilizers were made available to participants at half price and each individual coffee tree was tracked for pruning, inputs, productivity and picking. This granular attention to detail forced previously passive producers to take charge of their productivity and quality. The country’s low production, select few producer groups in the specialty game, and formidable logistical challenges, means each and every arrival is something to be cherished." - Royal Coffee
All that can be summarized as: coffee from Bolivia is rare and premium quality coffee from Bolivia is downright impossible to find. So when we saw a premium Bolivian coffee that was sorted for peaberry, you know we snagged it! This coffee is an absolute treat to roast and drink. It's subtle yet flavorful, balanced yet tangy and the flavor profile can shift more than you'd expect based on roast level which gives it tons of versatility. Lighter roasts will have sparkling lemon notes, subtle exotic spiciness reminiscent of Darjeeling tea, honey sweetness and a floral undertone. This is where we think the unique character of the coffee shines through best. However, if you prefer, you can roast it on the darker side of medium for less tangy acidity and more black tea and milk chocolate notes. All in all, a delicious and rare coffee, not to be missed!