||Bolivia Finca El Fuerte Washed Caturra 2016
Caranavi, located north of the department of La Paz city – 150 kilometers from the capital- is considered to be the center of Bolivian coffee production. Its fertile soils and beautiful mountains gave Bolivia the potential to produce wonderful tasting coffees that I personally adore!
Finca EL Fuerte was named in honor of “Fort of Samaipta”, which is a unique ruin in Bolivia. El Fuerte de Samaipata (Fort Samaipata), also known simply as "El Fuerte", is an archaeological site and UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Santa Cruz Department, Florida Province. It is situated in the eastern foothills of the Bolivian Andes and is a popular tourist destination for Bolivians and foreigners alike. It is served by the nearby town of Samaipata.
It is not actually a military fortification, but it is generally considered a pre-Columbian religious site, built by the Chané people, a pre-Inca culture of Arawak origin. There are also ruins of an Inca city built near the temple; the city was built during the Inca expansion to the southeast. Both Incas and Chanés suffered several raids from Guarani warriors who invaded the region from time to time. Eventually, the Guarani warriors conquered the plains and valleys of Santa Cruz and destroyed Samaipata. The Guaranis dominated the region well into the Spanish colonial period.
The Spaniards also built a settlement near the temple, and there are remains of buildings of typical Arab Andalusian architecture. The Spaniards abandoned the settlement and moved to the nearby valley, where the town of Samaipata is currently located. The archeological site at El Fuerte is unique, and it encompasses buildings of three different cultures: Chanés, Incas, and Spaniards.
For three decades, Agricafe – Buena Vista has been sourcing coffee from small coffee producers, however the steady decline of coffee production has put at risk the sustainability of the business and the future of coffee production in Bolivia, at risk of disappearing. Faced with the circumstances and crises, Agricafe assumes the challenge of boosting the production and support the Bolivian coffee growing. Agricafe undertakes the development of "Fincas Buena Vista" new coffee plantations under a sustainable model based in three pillars: Economical, Social, and Environmental.
Besides caturra and Typica (traditional varieties in Bolivia) Agricafe have ventured into new exotic varieties to plant in its farms and implement new processes post-harvest. Finca El Fuerte is the first coffee farm in the Samaipata region that's focusing on producing specialty coffees.
Finca El Fuerte is a bet to develop coffee agriculture in this new region that has all the conditions to produce spectacular high quality coffees, it's a new opportunity for many farmers to start producing specialty coffee. Through a lot of effort in the new plantations, caring for the harvesting and processing of the beans, it has managed to produce coffees like Geisha. Through a careful and delicate process has been achieved to highlight the attributes of sweetness, complexity and quality in the cup.
In the cup you'll find plenty of white sugar, lemon rind and nougat, there's a watermelon acidity and the cup finishes with dark chocolate.
Region : Samaipata
City: Santa Cruz
Farm: Finca El Fuerte
Latitude: S 18°11’57’’ W 63°45’31’
Altitude: 1,450 – 1,700 m.a.s.l.
Fermentation: 18 hours
Drying: African beds 2 week
Total hectares of the Farm: 35 hectares
No need for oils here. Go for a medium/medium-dark roast; don't let the temptation to take it dark take over, otherwise you lose the complexity.
"Quick Look" Guide
White sugar, lemon rind, nougat, watermelon, dark chocolate.
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