Bolivia Finca Carmelita Washed Caturra & Catuai 2018


Bean name Bolivia Finca Carmelita Washed Caturra & Catuai 2018
Country #SSSSS Limited Editions 2018
Region Caravani
Other info Varietal: Caturra & Catuai


Number 3 of 12, March 2018, in the #SSSSS 2018 - Steve's Super Secret Stash Subscription. A limited availability series of roasted coffee beans.

This month it's: Bolivia Finca Carmelita Washed Caturra & Catuai 2018

Finca Carmelita
Colonia Copacabana, Caranavi, Bolivia
Washed Caturra & Catuai
Dark chocolate, molasses, green apple, white grape
Welcome to the third #SSSSS of 2018 and a coffee from one of my all time favourite places in the world – Bolivia!!

Now you may well have heard me talk about the difficulties of growing coffee in (and buying coffee from) Bolivia. If you haven’t (or you just miss hearing my voice!) you can listen to this talk I gave – []. That was back in 2014, and I wish I could say it’s all changed since then – but I can’t, the challenges are still there.

On the flip side of this, we’ve seen progress and improvements even against this difficult backdrop. At the forefront of that have been Pedro & Daniela Rodriguez of Agricafe. They’re the ones who run the dry mill and support the farmers we work with. They’re also very innovative and always looking to other countries and other people for ideas they could adapt to Bolivia. This has meant bringing in new agronomic and plant management techniques, which haven’t always convinced the local farmers – many of whom have been growing coffee for many decades already!
One of the farmers who quickly listened to Agricafe’s advice was Carmela Aduviri. She has been growing coffee for 40 years, whilst raising 8 children, but was eager to learn ways she could improve her yield. She now has a small 2 Hectare farm called Carmelita and Agricafe’s message to her was that she could stay small, focusing on getting the best results from what she had, rather than having to rush to buy more land.

That means, of course, that she doesn’t produce huge amounts – but what she produces is delicious. Your #SSSSS this month is the main lot from the farm, most of which goes to Drop Coffee in Sweden so a special thank you to Joanna from Drop for sharing this with us! (yes Joanna there's a bag on the way to you don't worry!)

In the cup expect dark chocolate and molasses. Don’t go thinking this will be big and heavy though – that dark, complex sweetness has a clean green apple acidity cutting through and a lovely white grape finish.

Country: Bolivia
Region: Caranavi
City: Colonia Copacabana
Farm: Carmelita
Farmer: Carmela Aduviri
Altitude: 1,550 m.a.s.l.
Variety: Caturra & Catuai
Processing system: Mechanically Washed

Pssssst! Now, don’t tell anyone I told you this, but if you happen to be an In My Mug subscriber you might, just might, see another coffee from Carmela very soon. It’s not quite the same as this lot and you’ll need to watch the video to hear all about that difference!

Stephen Leighton

"Quick Look" Guide:
Dark chocolate, molasses, green apple, white grape

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