#SSSSS No8 – Bolivia Finca Las Alasitas Honey Caturra 2019

Summary

Bean name #SSSSS No8 – Bolivia Finca Las Alasitas Honey Caturra 2019
Country #SSSSS Limited Editions 2019
Region Yungas
Other info Varietal: Caturra

Description

Number 8 of 12, August 2019, in the #SSSSS 2019 - Steve's Super Secret Stash Subscription. A limited availability series of roasted coffee beans.

This month it's: Bolivia Finca Las Alasitas Honey Caturra 2019

What a difference a year makes!!! Or maybe not??! This month I’m excited to share with you a lot which appeared in #SSSSS 2018 and is making a very welcome return. It’s from our good friend’s in Bolivia, the Rodriguez family, and it is...(drum roll please!!)...Alasitas Honey Caturra!
Bolivia Finca Las Alasitas, Colonia Bolinda, Caranavi, Bolivia

When the Rodriguez family decided to take on farms of their own, rather than just being exporters, Alasitas was one of their most ambitious challenges, being substantially larger than most Bolivian farms.

Always looking to improve, the family have kept pushing forward their quality and experimentation on the farms. Planting varietals which aren’t traditional for Bolivia, and experimenting with processing, they’ve been aided by their travels in other coffee-producing countries as they look for new ways to improve the quality in the cup and how the farms run.

Now Caturra is a tried and tested varietal for Bolivia, and one we commonly see from many countries. There’s a reason for that – it can produce really good balance and sweet cups when looked after properly. However, honey processing is something new for Bolivia. A honey process is where the fruit, skin and some of the flesh is removed from the freshly picked cherries before they are left to dry. As the remaining flesh of the cherry breaks down, it develops flavours in the beans - which we normally associate with higher sweetness and body than a washed coffee.
Bolivia Finca Las Alasitas, Colonia Bolinda, Caranavi, Bolivia

Just to quickly refresh your memory from June 2018, last year my descriptors for this coffee were Fox's Chocolate Crunch Cream, chocolate mousse, raisin and vanilla so the all-important question is how different does it taste this year? Well, it’s very different!

Sweet and smooth, this lot is super clean and refreshing. There's a sherbet lemon to it with a white sugar sweetness and just a hint of florals on the finish, before the aftertaste takes a turn into cocoa powder.

A great example of how the same plants and the same process can create very different (but still delicious) coffee from one year to the next, The flavours have become a little fruitier and crisper resulting in a more refreshing coffee, but it’s still kept a little kick of cocoa which will be familiar if you tried last years.

Country: Bolivia
Region: Yungas
Municipality: Caranavi
Colony: Bolinda
Farm: Finca Las Alasitas
Altitude: 1,550 m.a.s.l.
Farm size: 20.6-hectares
Coffee growing area: 16-hectares
Varietal: Caturra
Processing system: Honey
GPS: 15º46'43.07"S 67º32'53.06"O

Stephen Leighton

"Quick Look" Guide:
Sherbet lemon, white sugar, floral, cocoa powder

Cupping notes

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