||Bolivia Finca Las Alasitas Washed Longberry 2019
This coffee comes from the Rodriguez family, who have been doing some really rather great things for coffee in Bolivia. They own their own mills, processing and exporting coffee for farmers in the Caranavi and Sud Yungas region. The family has been sourcing coffee from small coffee producers for three decades, but the steady decline of coffee production has put the sustainability of their export business in jeopardy. Without the intervention of people like the Rodriguez family, the future of coffee production in Bolivia is at risk of disappearing.
The family decided that they could make a change and make things better. They have taken on the challenge of increasing the production of Bolivian coffee by planting their own new coffee plantations.
In 2014, the Rodriguez family bought land in the Caranavi region to showcase their practises and educate other producers in sustainable farming, as well as increasing the overall volume at their mills. They prepared the land on 20.6 hectares and planted Red Caturra, Java and Geisha. The name of the farm is Las Alasitas, which in the Aimara native language means 'buy me'.
Added to this, they have also introduced a sustainable model for the producers who supply them at their mill. They built this on three mantras: economical sustainability, social understanding, and environmental awareness – the Sol de la Mañana program.
Finca Las Alasitas is a 20.6 hectare farm that's located at 1,550 metres above sea level in the Bolinda colony of Caranavi, Bolivia. Of those 20 hectares, 16 are used to grow coffee.
Caranavi is located north of the department of La Paz city. It's 150 kilometres from the capital, and it is the centre of Bolivian coffee production. Its altitude and fertile soils give Bolivia the potential to produce brilliant and unique coffees.
As far as we can tell, the Longberry varietal is a Typica-type coffee because of its bean shape, as is the Geisha. Its physical appearance is a uniform seed that is elongated, and it has been described by several of our customers as an 'Ethiopian Long Berry type'.
In the cup this is sweet lemon – think lemon puff biscuits mashed up with some Turkish Delight, all in a super clean cup with a delicate body.
Farm: Finca Las Alasitas
Altitude: 1,550 m.a.s.l.
Farm size: 20.6 hectares
Coffee growing area: 16 hectares
Processing method: Washed
GPS: 15º46'43.07"S 67º32'53.06"O
Medium dark – through first crack and slow it down a little in the gap, before dropping at the end of the gap.
"Quick Look" Guide
Lemon puff biscuit, Turkish Delight, clean, floral.
Note: Cupping Scores for Flavour & Aftertaste are actually 6.5 each, not as above (software limitation, allows whole numbers only)
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