||Bolivia Finca Canton Uyunense Teodocio Mamani Washed Typica 2015
I first met the owner of Finca Canton Uyunense, Teodocio Mamani on my visit to Bolivia in 2012, long story short...he's an amazing guy. We got talking about the photo we had of him last year in a Chelsea shirt, and then of course started talking football. He had the Chelsea shirt because he played for a local team which played in blue, but I managed to convince him that he needed a shirt from a real team so sent him a Sunderland shirt. It's amazing to think that was so long ago and this year I'm super happy to welcome this coffee back for its fourth year!
Canton Uyunense is a municipality of Caranrvi, and lots of farms can be called a variation on that name. This is a super small lot coming from just 6,000 plants on 2 hectares of land. 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 producing coffee in the next couple of years (and I can't wait!)
This year is the second year that Teodocio has processed the majority of his coffee on the farm, which for me is super 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 is just as passionate about improving the cup quality as he is about his football!
Last year this coffee was amazing so obviously I was really excited to get to taste it this year and had very high hopes, in true Teodocio fashion he did not disappoint! Once again it's a fantastic and delicious coffee.
In the cup you can expect honeydew melon in the flavour, acidity and sweetness. Then there's creamy melted milk chocolate which finishes bright with a shoulder of juicy pear and white grape acidity.
Region: North Yungas
Farm: Finca Canton Uyunense
Owner: Teodocio Mamani
Altitude: 1,250 - 1,650 m.a.s.l.
Processing: Washed (but mechanically scrubbed)
Rainfall period: Nov–February
Average temperature: 8°C ? 19°? 30°C
Soil type: clay and shale
Other crops grown: citrus fruits (orange, tangerine), avocado
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
Honeydew melon, milk chocolate, pear, white grape..
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