||Bolivia Finca Canton Uyunense Teodocio Mamani Honey Processed Typica 2014
The farm is owned by Teodocio Mamani: a surname and a family who have done great things with coffee. It's great to see this back for its third year, and even better that we have learnt more about this farm.
Canton Uyunense is a municipality of Caranrvi, and lots of farms can be called a variation on that name. This lot is all from Teodocio and is exclusively for us. On a visit in 2012 I got to meet Teodocio: he's an amazing guy. We got talking about the photo we had of him last year in a Chelsea shirt, and got talking football. He had that shirt because he played for a local team which played in blue, but we convinced him that he really needed a shirt from a real team so sent him a Sunderland shirt. Who needs to follow the Champions League holders, hey?
This is a super small lot coming from just 6000 plants in 2 hectares of coffee. It's a mixture of Catuai and Typica varietals (this is from the Typica), both red and yellow. Teodocio also has one hectare of land that is natural forest reserve, in which he owns a house where he lives with his wife and 2 children. He is also planting a new area which we should see come live in the next couple of years.
This year for the first time Teodocio processed the majority of his lot on the farm, which is very exciting. He used a depulper that removes the cherry, then left the cherry to go through a dry fermentation process (aerobic) for 16 hours, then ran it through the scrubber section of the pulper to remove the final remains of the mucilage. He then transferred the coffee to raised African beds where it dried in around 12 days (depending on local weather conditions).
I was talking to the exporter about Tedocio's picking methods, and he was explaining that the family uses a method called Ayne. With this method the most mature fruits are harvested each day, demanding the labour of 8-10 people (who are all family members in this case) to selectively pick, and pick correctly. But because of this he gets more coffee he can sell as specialty, and the cup profile improves. Teodocio was just as passionate about improving the cup quality as he was about his football.
This farm last year was my number one coffee (2013) so I had high hopes for it for this year, and I was not disappointed. For me, it's become even better. the extra work Teodocio has done was to ask the mill to make a different process for us. Not so unusual I hear you say, but for Bolivia, this is one of the first honey preparations that I have EVER seen. This is because of the unique relationship we have with Teodocio and the mill that makes this possible and you can taste this nano lot of coffee.
In the cup it is so different to its washed sister. Expect strawberry and blackcurrant Opal Fruits, mixed in with an amazing dark chocolate aftertaste that goes on and on. This is a special coffee with a special process.
Coffee: Bolivia Finca Canton Uyunense
Processing: Honey Processed
Altitude: 1250 - 1650 metres above sea level
Owner: Teodocio Mamani
Region: North Yungas
Rainfall Period: Nov–February
Average Temperature: 8°C ? 19°? 30°C
Soil Type: clay and shale
Other Crops Grown: citrus fruits (orange, tangerine), avocado
Certified Organic Grower
If you hear the first pops of second crack it's time to stop. This is a medium to medium dark roast so as not to kill the sweetness.
"Quick Look" Guide
Strawberry Opal Fruits (Starburst), Blackcurrant Opal Fruits (Starburst), dark chocolate.
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