||Bolivia Teodocio Mamani Washed 2017
||Varietal: Caturra & Catuai
I first met 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 in a Chelsea shirt, and then of course we started talking football. He had the Chelsea shirt because he played for a local team that played in blue, but I managed to convince him that he needed a shirt from a real team so I 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 Caranavi, 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 two hectares of land. It's a mixture of Catuai and Catuai varietals. 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 two children. He is also planting a new area, which we should see start producing coffee in the next couple of years (and I can't wait).
This year is the fourth year that Teodocio has processed the majority of his coffee on the farm, which for me is super exciting. He uses a depulper that removes the cherry, then leaves the cherry to go through a dry fermentation process (aerobic) for sixteen hours, and then runs it through the scrubber section of the pulper to remove the final remains of the mucilage. He then transfers the coffee to raised African beds, where it dries in around twelve days (depending on local weather conditions).
I was talking to the exporter about Teodocio'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 to pick correctly. But because of this he gets more coffee that he can sell as specialty, and the cup profile improves too. Teodocio is just as passionate about improving the cup quality as he is about his football!
In the cup expect a lovely fruit sweetness, with orange jelly wobble mid-palate that finishes with peach juice.
Municipality: Canton Uyunense
Farm: Teodocio Mamani
Varietal: Caturra & Catuai
Altitude: 1,560-1,750 m.a.s.l.
Fermentation time: 18 hours
Drying: Raised dryers
Drying time: 5-8 days
Rainfall period: Nov–February
Average temperature: 8°C ? 19°? 30°C
Soil type: clay and shale
Other crops grown: citrus fruits (orange, tangerine), avocado
GPS: 15º45'42"S 67º36'53" W
Medium Dark - just into the start of second crack.
"Quick Look" Guide
Fruit sweetness, orange jelly, peach juice.
Note: Cupping Scores are actually for Aftertaste 6.5 & for Balance 7.5, not as above (software limitation, allows whole numbers only)
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