||Bolivia Vincent Paye Washed Caturra 2016
We have had this coffee before. Last time the lot was produced by various smallholder farmers from the small town of Copacabana, which lies about 180 KM from La Paz in the heart of the Caranavi coffee-producing region. This time it comes from one individual, called Vincent Paye. He has been working hard to produce great coffee, and he is, in fact, a beacon of hope in this tough growing region.
This is a lush and fertile region. Its steep slopes and valleys provide excellent conditions for growing specialty coffee, as well as supporting a diverse range of native flora and fauna. It has rich volcanic soils and regular rainfall.
The colony of Copacabana has a collection of small farms that are each around five hectares in size (although Vincent has ten hectares). The farms range over an altitude of 1,300 to 1,600 metres above sea level (m.a.s.l.), and they benefit from an average annual temperature between 15 and 26°C. This lot comes from a farm matching these criteria, and it's at around 1,550 m.a.s.l. These traditional farms use no chemicals or pesticides and are certified organic, although we do not hold an organic certification.
The main harvest runs from May to September, peaking in June and July. The cherries are handpicked only when fully ripe, and they're then delivered to the central mill, called Buena Vista, where they are fully washed. The cherries are then dried, mechanically so in this case because of the wet weather, over a nine day period.
In the cup expect sunshine. Yes, sunshine yellow. Think apricots, think oranges (yes, I know oranges are not yellow), think peaches … think 'yellow'. There's a cinder-toffee sweetness that covers the mouth with a huge mouthfeel, and a delicious and long-lasting aftertaste.
Farm: Vincent Paye
Altitude: 1,550 m.a.s.l.
Owner: Vincent Paye
Processing: Full-washed and mechanically dried
No need for oils here, a medium/medium dark roast, don't let the temptation take over to take it dark otherwise you lose the complexity.
"Quick Look" Guide
Yellow, apricot, orange, peach, cinder toffee, huge mouthfeel, sunshine.
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