||Bolivia Machacamarca BV María and Mario Andrade Cup of Excellence
||Cup of Excellence
I was lucky enough to be part of the international jury for this year's Bolivian cup of excellence competition. This is the second time I've been part of the jury, attending the last one in 2005. This time it was held in Coroico, just outside La Paz.
This coffee finished 24 out of 25, doesn't sound that great. But for me this in one of the best coffees I've EVER tasted. It's complete, its rounded it has everything, it covers all the bases, a truly special coffee. We faced some competition for this in the auction it proving to be 13th most expensive coffee.
There is a strange story behind this one. On the Friday of the competition we went to an awards ceremony for the coffees that had made it to the final's for the international jury. We didn't know who had won or what the coffees were that we had cupped just that these guys were behind them. It was a great chance to meet the farmers as I wasn't going to be at the presentation day on the Saturday as I had an early flight.
The meeting place was in something that I can only compare to a green house. The heat is the worst I've ever experienced. A week of traveling around the local area, crammed with far more work than is good for you and some heat took its toll. I had to go outside and grab some fresh air. Whilst there I got chatting to one of the farmers, who disappeared to get me a bottle of water, the best thing I could have wished for. We chatted some more swapped business cards and that was that. When he got his certificate I asked if he minded me getting a photo with him, and wished him the best for following day.
Once back home I looked through my cupping scores I decided what I was going for as my number one lot, this was it. I also decided it didn't matter how much we were going to secure it. It was only after looking through my business cards I found out it was Mario who I'd meet, and got on with so well. Since then we have exchanged emails and I really like those guys. They were also made up we were the ones to secure the lot. It means more when you get to know the individuals both ways I've found.
In the cup it's a very complete cup just wonderful sweetness, but not too much, a great dark chocolate and rich drinking chocolate. But that's not all. It has acidity just enough with a green grape acidity, but not enough to dominate the cup. It has body, big bold body with a spicy aftertaste. I'm making this sound like a wonderful coffee, or at least I hope I hope I am because it is. Its not to big a claim to say this is one of the best coffees I've ever had.
Farm: Machacamarca BV
Farmer: Maria Nina Lupe del Rosario Andrade
Farm Size: 67.00 Hectares
Coffee growing area: 5.00 Hectares
Altitude: 1790 masl
Variety: Criollo (80%), Caturra (20%)
Type of Soil: Clay
Average Annual Rainfall: 1,790 mm
Type of Shade: Hardwoods, citrus
Weeding: Twice per year
Pruning: Sanitary pruning
Production practices: Not available
Processing System: On-site wet processing, solar drying
Lot Size: 13 bags
International Jury Score: 84.50
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