Bolivia La Llama Natural Longberry 2020


Bean name Bolivia La Llama Natural Longberry 2020
Country Bolivia
Region Caranavi, Los Yungas
Other info Red cherry, yoghurt, strawberry


Surrounded by streams and lush forest, 1650 metres above sea level in the Caranavi region of Bolivia you'll find Finca La Llama. This farm is owned by the Rodriguez family in Caranavi, and it's their only farm in the Villa Asuncion Colony. Veteran Hasbean fans will already know of the Rodriguez family - our amazing long-time friends who make everything we get from Bolivia possible. It's a bit of an experience to reach the highest point on the farm: you have to jump in a 4x4 and travel on some winding roads with the land rising steeply on either side. You'll also find yourself winding past perfectly arranged rows of coffee trees. Beautiful!

The farm got its name on the Rodriguez's first visit there, having previously been known as Puerto de Cuelo. Looking around the farm they were planning to buy, they came across a llama. It’s the beloved national animal of Bolivia and, in their words:

"[...] we encountered a llama that with its pointy ears, alert look and proud stance seemed to be saying 'come near my land and I’ll spit on you.'"

With local people working the land and managing what happens on the farm, it's become a fantastic example of what can be achieved with local knowledge and best practices. It had already been producing coffee for fifteen years, but when the Rodriguez family took over they wanted to renovate and remodel the farm to prove that it is possible to create a more modern coffee plantation on an older coffee growing area. The intention is to demonstrate that such things are possible and to hopefully inspire others to follow their lead and renovate the ageing coffee-growing areas of the country.

The farm grows Java (Longberry), Geisha, Yellow Caturra, SL28, SL34, Bourbon, Batian and Ethiosar. This lot is Longberry and as far as we can tell, the 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 has been described by several of our customers as an 'Ethiopian Long Berry type'.

Up front is a sweet red cherry, but it moves swiftly into a creamy sweetness. Think of a pot of red cherry yoghurt. There's a little strawberry in there too and the tiniest hint of booziness on the finish.

Country: Bolivia
Region: Los Yungas
Province: Caranavi
Municipality: Caranavi
Farm: La Llama
Owners: Rodriguez family
Altitude: 1,650 m.a.s.l.
Processing method: Natural
Varietal: Longberry

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