||Bolivia Finca Inquisivi Señora Bherta De Miranda 2015
||#SSSSS Limited Editions 2015
||Coffee Varietals: Caturra, Catuai, and Typical
Number 4 of 12, April 2015, in the #SSSSS - Steve's Super Secret Stash Subscription. A limited availability series of roasted coffee beans.
Greetings to you, the lucky finder of this golden ticket!
From Mr. Stephen Leighton! I shake you warmly by the hand! For now, I do invite you to partake in my super secret stash subscription!
I, Stephen Leighton curate a spectacular selection of secret coffees that rarely see the light of day, however throughout 2015 I wish to share some of them with a select few of my beloved customers.
These coffees will not be available on my website or from anywhere except within the super secret stash subscription!
Now you must visit http://go.hasbean.co.uk/sssss to discover more. Until then,
Bolivia Finca Inquisivi Señora Bherta De Miranda 2015
It's that time once again, can you believe it keeps coming around so quickly?
I'd like to take a moment to say a special hello to all the new #SSSSS people who have just joined us for the rest of the year, it's amazing to have you aboard and I'm super happy that I could find space for you all!
This email is to let you know that your #SSSSS coffee for the month of April was roasted today and has been handed over to Royal Mail, the bags should hopefully be with you super soon : )
So this month we're off to Finca Inquisivi in Bolivia to meet the lovely Señora Bherta De Miranda!
Señora Bherta De Miranda is the owner of Bolivia Finca Inquisivi. The municipality of Inquisivi is around an 8 hour journey from La Paz, with La Paz still being the closest city and being part of the La Paz Department. Inquisivi is the capital of the provincial area.
This is an amazing coffee that we had last year, but only a tiny amount of it was passed as quality this year, so it's just for you lucky subscribers! Last year it was a featured coffee on In My Mug (episode 217) so you should go and watch that episode!
South Yungas is quite different to our normal north Yungas offering. It is a key area of coca production in Bolivia where is is legal and widespread. So to find coffee producers in these areas is unique and not common at all. Bherta has tried hard to convince people around her that growing coffee is better for them and the land, and many of her neighbours have followed her lead. She owns a small 4 hectar lot, which is at 1,850 meters above sea level and is planted with Caturra 30%, 10% and typical Catuai 60%.
So whenever I talk about South Yungas there's always a name that comes into my head, Machacamarca. If you've been with Has Bean for a little while then I'm sure it's a name you'll recognise, if you're a little newer then please allow me to explain a little...
We first stocked Machacamarca from a 2007 Cup of Excellence lot, and it very quickly became my favourite of that year. It also proved to be a massive customer favourites regardless of its Cup of Excellence price premium. The relationship is strong between the family and Has Bean, culminating in me spending a week in July 2010 living with the family, picking the coffee and helping with processing. It was one of the most stunning weeks of my life, and the hospitality of Mario and Maria was amazing. Very sadly in 2012 the farm was taken from the family by the local community, in an unlawful land grabbing episode, which shocked the family and me however to my delight in June 2013 the family was back on the farm beginning the rebuilding process.
I've done a few blog posts on Has Blog over the years about the story of Machacamarca and they've been some of the most emotive and responded-to blog posts I've ever written, if you have the time I'd thoroughly recommend having a read...
Jan 23rd, 2011 Introducing Bolivia Finca Machacamarca De Berengula
July 29th, 2012 No Machacamarca this year :(
May 14th, 2013 Machacamarca Update
June 11th, 2013 The Soap Opera Ends
July 8th, 2014 A Small Post on Bolivia Machacamarca
Hopefully for Machacamarca the future's bright : )
Back to Inquisivi! What can you expect?
In the cup this is a posy of spring flowers, mixed in with a vibrant lemon acidity and delicate sweetness with a super clean finish.
Region: South Yungas
Nearest City: La Paz
Farm: Finca Inquisivi Señora Bherta De Miranda
Altitude: 1,850 - 1,950 m.a.s.l.
Hectares total Farm: 4 hectares.
Hectares Coffee plantation: 4 hectares
Quantity Coffee plants : 15.000
Shade: Natural shade by Inga sp. (Sinquili) and others.
Coffee Varieties: Caturra, Catuai, and Typical
Rainfall Period: Nov–February
Average Temperature: 8°C ? 19°? 30°C
Soil Type: Clay and shale
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