||Bolivia Cafe David Santiago Mamani Mamani Cup of Excellence 2008
||Orange peel, Werther's Original
It was a very easy decision for us to buy this coffee. We know how great the Bolivian Cup of Excellence competition is and luckily for us, not every one has cottoned on yet. If coffee of this quality came up in one of the other competitions, I think it would be pushing £15-£20 per 250g bag!
This farm is a proper family business with farm owner Santiago Mamani working with his wife, three daughters and two sons who all help in the production. Santiago is teaching his children how to handle coffee, using his years of accrued farming experience.
This year, Santiago decided to try his luck alone in the Cup of Excellence competition, rather than take part in any form of group or co-operative. Initially, he did not know how to go about entering, but he received a lot of help from a radio program called 'The Coffee Hour', which explained the inscription process.
Santiago said, "I didn't know how to participate. Listening to the radio, I learned how to do it". Now, Santiago is very proud to be among the winners. He believes that all his work has yielded fruit, "Making specialty coffees is good. It's good to manage coffee well. It's good to have quality." Santiago wants to encourage other producers to participate, "To my comrades who have been left behind, without earning, I say, don't loose faith. Next year, if you keep it up, you'll be able to win. Others say it's hard to manage coffee. It's not hard. You just have to show a little interest". Santiago wants to share the prize with his whole family because everyone worked to achieve it. He told us, "I don't want my children to be left like me, working in the fields. I want to buy them a computer, because we worked together. It costs a lot to buy their things, and also to save for the future".
In the cup expect huge orange and orange peel all over the front end which makes you think this is going to be an over acidic coffee, but then it has a real smooth texture on the mouthfeel, thick and gloopy. The flavour then turns into a 'Werther's Original' butterscotch style of sweetness that is smooth and creamy. This coffee is a must try.
Soil Type: Clay Loam
Annual Precipitation: 1600 mm/year
Shade Type: Inga edulis sp.
Farmer: Santiago Mamani Mamani
City: Colonia Chojñapampa, Carrasco La Reserva County
Region: Province of Caranavi
Farm Size: 6.00 Hectares
Coffee growing area: 4.00 Hectares
Altitude: 1530 masl
Variety: Caturra 50%, Criollo 50%
Processing System: Individual processing, selective harvest of ripe cherries, fermentation, washing with clean spring-w
International Jury Score: 84.47
Jury Descriptions: Acidity- citric (6), orange (2), intense (2), Mouthfeel- creamy (6), Flavor/aroma-, chocolate (6), orange (4), blueberry (2)
Please Note: If a number appears in brackets next to a description, it indicates the number of jurors that agreed with that particular description.
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