Bolivia La Llama Mechanically Washed Orange Caturra 2018


Bean name Bolivia La Llama Mechanically Washed Orange Caturra 2018
Country #SSSSS Limited Editions 2018
Region City: Colonia Villa Asuncion, Region: Caranavi
Other info Varietal: Orange Caturra


Number 5 of 12, May 2018, in the #SSSSS 2018 - Steve's Super Secret Stash Subscription. A limited availability series of roasted coffee beans.

This month it's: Bolivia La Llama Mechanically Washed Orange Caturra 2018

Greetings from not so sunny Stafford!!! I hope you’re ready for our fifth #SSSSS of 2018?! It should be with you very soon! Now - let me tell you about Llamas...

The Llama (and it’s other well known relative, the Alpaca) is a distant relative of the Camel and is a domesticated animal throughout the Andes in South America. It’s long been an important part of life for people there and is in fact the national animal of… Bolivia.

You might remember back in March I mentioned Pedro and Daniela – amazing friends of ours who work as exporters in Bolivia. Well that’s not the whole story – they’ve also got farms of their own now. A few years back, Pedro was seeing more and more farmers stop growing coffee in Bolivia, so he decided they needed to buy some farms themselves. With his son, Pedro Pablo, now in charge of the farms they have slowly expanded and introduced new agricultural techniques and new plant stock.

They have 12 farms in total, some of which will be familiar names I hope – La Linda, Don Carlos, El Fuerte and Alasitas – but this month I’m sharing with you something new. In 2015 they bought a farm called “Puerto de Cielo” near the town of Villa Asuncion. Although the farm had coffee planted already, they decided to replant and totally remodel the farm. With that came a change of name and they went for… La Llama! Fast forward two years and the first coffee production from those new plants was being picked – and that’s what you’ll get to taste.

This particular lot is a Caturra, which is a varietal we see quite a lot of from Bolivia. However, it’s slightly unusual Caturra – whilst most coffee fruit is red or yellow when ripe, this one is Orange. I’m sure it’s no surprise to you that I’m always on the look out for things that are a little unusual, but I only found this out after I had already decided to buy this coffee – which was because it tastes delicious!

In the cup expect complex sweetness. It reminds me of orange and peach squash up front, but there’s an edge of cane sugar to it too. Then on the finish, you get a lovely kick of nectarine.

Country: Bolivia
Region: Caranavi
City: Colonia Villa Asuncion
Farm: La Llama
Farmer: Pedro Rodriguez
Altitude: 1650 m.a.s.l.
Variety: Orange Caturra
Processing system: Mechanically Washed

Stephen Leighton

"Quick Look" Guide:
Orange & peach squash, cane sugar, nectarine

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