||Bolivia Finca David Vilca Caturra Washed 2013
I am so pleased to see this coffee back for its third year and this year we have also been able to secure the Honeyed and Natural version too and secure more of the crop. It's from the colony of Bolinda located in the North Yungas region of Bolivia near to the town of Caranarvi. It's called Finca David Vilca as the farm doesn't have a name (this is quite common in Bolivia) and farms are often named after the family running them, or an individual.
David migrated from La Paz to the farm 15 years ago after a career in mining left him with damaged hearing. He bought this 12 hectare farm as security for himself and his family, to make sure they could support themselves. When he took over, he only had 1 acre planted with coffee (Criolla). After 2 years he was comfortable with coffee farming and becoming increasingly interested in it, and so decided to extend the planting. He now has 5 acres of coffee (all of which we have bought). He has very little outside help with the farm except from direct family: his wife helps him greatly.
The varietals on the farm are Caturra, Catuai, and Criolla. The farm is under constant improvement. David is now removing much of the Criolla and focusing on Typica and Catuai for cup quality reasons. This coffee comes from the Cattura parts of the farm.
This year you may notice the price of this coffee is unusual.
Having visited David a couple times now, I thought he was being rude to me, ignoring me or not responding when I spoke. This time I found out David damaged his hearing whilst being a miner before purchasing the farm.
The exporter in the past had given him some money to get some hearing aids, but he spent the money on Satellite TV (for his wife to watch - who hasn’t been in that situation!), so we paid for two hearing aids whilst we were there so he could hear again.
We worked out the cost of this would be 11p per bag on this lot. So every bag you buy will go towards covering the cost of David hearing again. He has the hearing aids now, and is enjoying them very much, the last email I got said "I cant wait to hear Stephens voice next time he visits", he may regret that.
This is a wonderfully sweet cup, as you have come to expect from Bolivia; milk chocolate with walnut hints, which are so very familiar. Where this coffee opens up is in its acidity. Think pear and mixed berries mashed (with that walnut and chocolate too) and you have the most delicious and complex coffee. The aftertaste carries on with lovely hints of spice and citrus, which ensures every cup is different. It evolves and changes through its temperature range.
Farm: Finca David Vilca
Region: North Yungas
Altitude: 1,570-1,600 m.
Hectares total Farm: 7 hectares.
Hectares Coffee plantation: 5 hectares
Quantity Coffee plants : 20.000
Shade: Natural shade by Inga sp. (Sinquili) and others.
Coffee Varieties: Caturra, Criolla, and Typical
Rainfall Period: Nov–February
Average Temperature: 8°C ? 19°? 30°C
Soil Type: Clay and shaley
Other Crops Grown: Citrus fruits (orange, tangerine) advocate
Average Age Of Coffee Plants: 8 to 12 years old, Now renovating plantations with Caturra and Typical
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:
Sweet, walnut, chocolate, mixed berry, pear.
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