||Bolivia Finca Loayza Feliciano Ramos Natural 2013
||Franja se los Yungas
||Varietal: Caturra (20%) Catuai (40%) Tipica (40%)
The owner of the farm is Feliciano Ramos, who is 44 years old and originally from the city of La Paz. His father was a potato and barley producer. Feliciano used to help him in the production and harvest. In 2002 Feliciano decided to move to Caranavi, which is located in the sub-Andes valley.
Initially Feliciano rented a coffee farm for two years where he began his education in coffee, but also began saving to have his own farm. After two years, he bought a farm of around 10 hectares. Like many farms in Bolivia, it doesn't have a name, but is in the Loayza municipality and so it is known as Finca Loayza Feliciano Ramos.
The farm is located on top of a small mountain, looking out towards the high snowy peaks of the Andes. The farm only had 2 hectares of old coffee plantations, though Feliciano has continued to raise this number whenever he is able to by planting new stock, selecting different varietals according to the terrain.
Feliciano is married to Tomasa Condori and they have 5 children who are all of school age, but they help their parents after school with the farm. The coffee is the only source of money for the family, and it is very important that they continue to produce great coffee.
In the region of Caranavi and the Yungas valleys, there is a serious problem of coffee being ripped out and coca leaf planted (which is legal in Bolivia) but this has a big environmental impact on the soil, forests, and the communities. However, coffee is seen as a good alternative to this if good prices can be achieved with it, and it is also much kinder to the environment. With this in mind, Feliciano is in his second year of being organic certified, although we chose not to take the certification.
In the cup expect blueberry, sherry with a lovely body and texture. The sweetness reminds me of haribo's the blue chewy smurfs, yes its that ridiculous, with a lovely blue bubblegum aftertaste. This coffee is crazy
Farm: Finca Loayza
Farmer: Feliciano Ramos Aruquipa
Region: Franja se los Yungas
Farm Size: 10.00 Hectares
Coffee growing area: 8.00 Hectares
Altitude: 1635 masl
Variety: Caturra (20%) Catuai (40%) Tipica (40%)
Type of Soil: Clay
Type of Shade: Orange, mandarin, and Inga (sinquili) trees
Processing System: On Site Natural Processing
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:
Blueberry, sherry, blue bubble gum, crazy.
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