Bolivia Trapiche Washed Bourbon 2020


Bean name Bolivia Trapiche Washed Bourbon 2020
Country #SSSSS Limited Editions 2020
Region Samaipata
Other info Green apple, chocolate orange


Welcome back to Steve's Super Secret Stash Subscription: June Edition (blimey, isn't this year just flying by?!) I hope you're all still doing well, keeping safe and, of course, looking forward to this month's coffee!

This month we've got one of the first harvests from Trapiche in Santa Cruz, Samaipata, Bolivia for you from what is possibly one of the most beautiful farms I've had the pleasure of visiting!

I visited this farm last year (back when we were allowed to travel, remember those heady days?!) at the end of a 4 and a half week trip. The day I landed in Santa Cruz (the nearest city) I decided to somewhat unhelpfully fall ill. After a day of visiting the other farm in the area (El Fuerte) I was removed and taken to the hotel to lie in bed for 16 hours to try and not lose the last day of the trip.

The following morning I woke up, still feeling dreadful but after the missed visit of the year before (thanks to a landslide on one of the roads) I dragged myself to the farm. Pedro had not only made the most perfect picnic, he bought some amazing wine for me, he'd got it on his recent trip to Argentina from a winery named Trapiche, which inspired this farm's name. Trapiche originally meant a mill made from wooden rollers that extracts juice from fruit (eg. grapes for making wine!) but also olives and sugar cane.

Anyway, back to the farm, this is a truly amazing place and has been designed to look like a vineyard! Pedro and his family not only love wine but have approached the development of this farm in the same way they do when they visit other coffee farms - looking for ideas and inspiration for refining what they do. On top of that, Samaipata is an up and coming wine region within Bolivia, with several small vineyards opening only a short distance from Trapiche. The attention to detail is astounding and, of course, there are some amazing coffee varietals planted. The farm has only been operational since 2016 and this coffee is from one of the farm's first harvests, and boy are we excited to have it!

This is a classic Bolivian coffee, but really refined. It starts with a little bite of green apple, but then you’ll get a super smooth and luxurious body, with a big sweetness which reminds me of melted chocolate. That keeps going on the finish, but goes into chocolate orange. The sweetness and depth of flavour I’ve come to know and love from Bolivian coffees are really obvious here and it’ll keep you going back for another satisfying sip.

Country: Bolivia
Region: Samaipata
Nearest city: Santa Cruz
Farm: Trapiche
Farm Size: 17 hectares
Farmer: The Rodriguez Family
Altitude: 1600-1800 masl
Processing method: Washed
Varietal: Bourbon

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